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Bears Add Defensive Depth
- Updated: March 17, 2017
Chicago Bears newest addition to their defensive line
Defensive lineman John Jenkins has eight tackles and one sack against the Bears since being drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 2013. His next tackle or sack will seemingly come as a member of Chicago’s historic franchise.
According to the team’s official Twitter account, Jenkins was signed to a one-year contract on Friday. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport had previously reported that Jenkins was also set to visit Indianapolis. It seems he saw everything he needed in Chicagoland.
Jenkins was drafted out of Georgia in the third round of the 2013 draft. A four year contract was signed on May 10th, making him the last of the Saints’ five picks to sign. During Jenkins’ first year in New Orleans, current Bears general manager Ryan Pace was a member of the Saints staff.
The 27-year old veteran has racked up 113 tackles over his 4 years in the league. He also has 1.5 sacks, 2 pass breakups, 6 tackles-for-loss, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery.
In 2016, Jenkins played only nine games. After being released by New Orleans November 9th, he signed with the Seattle Seahawks just a week later. He accumulated only 13 tackles, resulting in a career-worst grade from Pro Football Focus, a 44.8. So, it’d be a safe bet that Jenkins will look to improve that number this season with the Bears.
Jenkins’ place on the Bears defensive line
At 6’3″ and weighing 359 pounds, Jenkins is a true nose tackle. He has the physical makeup to fit perfectly in Vic Fangio’s 3-4 defense behind starter Eddie Goldman. With Goldman’s injury history, Jenkins is an ideal replacement candidate.
Jenkins will join newly signed Bears defensive backs Prince Amukamara, Marcus Cooper, and Quintin Demps. Resigned defensive players include defensive backs Johnathan Banks and Bryce Callahan along with linebacker Christian Jones.