The Chicago Bears continue to work on their defensive secondary in the early stages of the NFL Free Agency period. A day after signing free agent safety Ryan Mundy, the Bears added another safety on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, the Bears reached an agreement with free agent safety M.D. Jennings on a one-year deal. Jennings, who played with the Green Bay Packers for the past three seasons, falls under the same category as the Bears signing of Mundy. That category being a safety who will enter training camp and compete for a starting opportunity.
Jennings started all 16 of the Packers games last season at the safety position and was productive in the team’s secondary. Jennings recorded a career-high 74 tackles, 56 solo tackles, last season with the Packers. Jennings also rated higher than Chris Conte and Major Wright as a 4-3 safety at the conclusion of the 2013 season.
Bears general manager Phil Emery has done an admirable job in making over the Bears safety position. In two days, the Bears have added a pair of safeties in Mundy and Jennings that not only are an improvement over any safety the team had last season but increase the competition and depth at the position.
With the signing of two safeties, Emery likely will not target the position in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.