The 2013 season ended badly for Bears safeties. The 2014 offseason didn’t start out much better, job-wise, with Major Wright getting no interest from the team that drafted him, Chris Conte explicitly told he has to re-win his starting job, and now new faces with new contracts looking for new jobs are all over the place.
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A day after the Bears signed strong safety Ryan Mundy, they signed 16-game starter M.D. Jennings away from the Green Bay Packers with a one-year deal that portends exactly the kind of competition forecast by general manager Phil Emery.
Jennings, 6-foot-0, 187 pounds, has started 26 of 47 games played over three seasons with Green Bay (2011-13), registering 113 tackles — including one sack and four tackles for losses — one interception which he returned 72 yards for a touchdown, three pass break-ups and one fumble recovery.
Jennings also projects as a factor on special teams, with 20 special teams tackles during his time in Green Bay after entering the NFL in 2011 as an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas State.
In 2013 Jennings recorded a career-high 68 tackles with one pass break-up, four tackles for losses, one sack and a fumble recovery. In the postseason, Jennings has started one of four games played, collecting six defensive tackles and one special teams stop.