The Chicago Bears front office started to hand out new contracts before the Week 17 showdown against the Green Bay Packers.
They started off with placekicker Robbie Gould and fullback Tony Fiammetta then made a huge splash just a couple days later. Yesterday the team announced the signings of starting quarterback Jay Cutler, corner-back Tim Jennings and offensive guard Matt Slauson.
If you haven’t heard, Cutler’s deal was a seven year contract worth around $126 million. But only $54 million of that money is guaranteed.
A key section of this team that needs to be patched up is the defense. This team was pretty much expected to at least tie the turnover mark they set last year. Big pieces of this defense fell apart and were trampled throughout the year.
Veteran corner Tim Jennings did his very best to holding this secondary together after having to take over once Charles ‘Peanut’ Tillman was sidelined for the remainder of the year. He had Bowman by his side, but Tillman and Jennings were the turnover machines last year.
Tim did a decent job this year, but his interception totals fell from nine (career high) to only four. But he had two returned for a touchdown which was another career mark that he set.
It appears that Jennings will be the only veteran corner that this team will re-sign as Tillman’s time with the Chicago Bears is more than likely up. It’s a sad thing to think about, but it’s a business at the same time and things like this happen every year.
Jennings and the Chicago Bears were able to agree to a four year, $22.4 million contract according to the Chicago Tribune. This will more than likely keep him in Chicago until he’s ready to walk away from the game. He’ll be 34 by the time his contract is up.
Another thing worth noting is that $11.815 million of the deal is guaranteed.