Veteran cornerback Tim Jennings didn’t waste any time setting up his first free agent visit. According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports (via Twitter), Jennings is in Tampa today to meet with the Buccaneers, just two days after being released by the Bears.
The fact that Jennings is receiving some interest from the Bucs isn’t a real surprise, considering his connection to Lovie Smith. Smith, the current head coach in Tampa Bay, was coaching in Chicago when the team brought Jennings aboard in 2010, and oversaw the cornerback’s first Pro Bowl season in 2012.
A nine-year vet, Jennings signed with the Bears back in ’10 after spending the first four years of his career with the Colts. According to Pro Football Focus’ advanced metrics (subscription required), Jennings posted a successful 2014 season, grading as the league’s No. 28 corner while playing more than 1,000 snaps. During his time in Chicago, Jennings, a Georgia alum, started all but six games, posting 16 interceptions during that span.
If Jennings were to sign with the Buccaneers, he’d be joining a group of cornerbacks that includes Alterraun Verner, Johnthan Banks, Mike Jenkins, and Sterling Moore.