Mar 302014

Tim Jennings led the NFL in interceptions in 2012 with 9 and graded out as Pro Football Focus’ 9th ranked cornerback. People dubbed this as his breakout year because they’re fixated on interception numbers and he had just 7 interceptions from 2008-2011, but he was actually very solid in 2010 and 2011, grading out 15th in both 2010 and 2011, despite the low interception totals. Last season, he had 4 picks, but he graded out as just a league average starter, grading out as Pro Football Focus’ 52nd ranked cornerback.

It’s very possible his best days are behind him, as he heads into his age 31 season and with Lovie Smith and Rod Marinelli gone. However, he was still arguably the Bears’ best defensive player last season and he probably has a couple seasons left of being at least a decent starter, if not better. The Bears are paying him very appropriately, giving him 22.4 million over 4 seasons, with 12 million over 2 seasons guaranteed and minimal dead money if they were to move on from him after 2015. This is a pretty solid deal.

Grade: A-

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