This contract is close to the deal signed by Saints CB Jabari Greer in 2012. New Orleans gave Greer, 29 at the time, a four-year deal worth $21.1 million with $11.3 million guaranteed.
Jennings, 30, actually fared well with this contract. It wasn’t as though he was going to get a top-10 salary on the open market given his age, but he was still able to secure $11.8 million guaranteed.
The Bears probably feel great about this contract as well given that Jennings has developed into a solid cornerback who they can build around in the coming years.
The Chicago Bears announced this morning that CB Tim Jennings has been re-signed to a four-year contract.
Jennings, 30, was forced into the No. 1 cornerback role this season when CB Charles Tillman went down with an injury. Jennings led the league in interceptions last season, but only graded out as the No. 55 cornerback out of 110 qualifiers, according to Pro Football Focus.
Re-signing Jennings gives the Bears defense some continuity going into next season, but will now face questions about re-signing Tillman to an extension as he is already 33-years-old and coming off an injury.
Bears GM Phil Emery told reporters on Thursday that he expects them to get younger on the defensive side of the ball. Tillman himself has posted some cryptic tweets online suggesting that his time in Chicago is coming to an end.
We had Jennings listed as our No. 41 free agent in our Top 50 Free Agents List.