Bears, Tim Jennings agree to terms

Updated: March 13, 2012, 6:16 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- The Bears took care of some in-house business before the official start of NFL free agency by re-signing veteran cornerback Tim Jennings to a two-year deal.

Jennings was set to be an unrestricted free agent after starting 28 games for the Bears the past two seasons.

Signed by the Bears prior to the 2010 regular season, Jennings began as a reserve, but overtook Zack Bowman for the starting cornerback spot opposite Charles Tillman in Week 4.

Although Jennings managed just three interceptions the past two seasons, he did develop the reputation as a solid run-stopping cornerback, registering 153 tackles, six tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles.

The Bears still might choose to try and upgrade at cornerback, either in free agency or the draft, but with fellow corners Bowman and Corey Graham also about to hit free agency, bringing back one of the three made sense. Jennings also could play the nickel position if necessary.

Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

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Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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