CB Tim Jennings may stand at 5’8″, but he is a solid cornerback. He was bullied by Packers WR Greg Jennings in the NFC Championship and that may have lost him his job heading into next season (if a season is played).
In the regular season, the Bears allowed only five completions longer than 33 yards and the two longest were most attributed to breakdowns by safeties. Jennings was a big part of that success, but at the same time the pass rush from the defensive front helped the secondary look much better than it was.
The Bears will likely stick with Tillman at one of the corner positions and bring in competition for Jennings and Bowman. A nice size cornerback could help the Bears win the one-on-one match-ups more often.
Another player whose spot on the team is up in the air, is DT Marcus Harrison. Harrison, a third round pick out of the University of Arkansas in 2008, appeared in only five games this season making three tackles and deflecting one pass. In his two seasons prior, Harrison appeared in all 16 games, making over 25+ tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Harrison fell out of favor, when Matt Toeaina and Henry Melton stepped up in training camp. With veterans Anthony Adams and Tommie Harris also in front of him, Harrison just couldn’t find a spot into the lineup.
Many Bears coaches and fans viewed Harrison as the nose tackle of the future, but he just hasn’t performed up to his ability in his short time in Chicago. The Bears don’t let you under perform and get away with it . Look at former DE Mark Anderson, he was quickly released after yet another disappointing start to a season for him.
Harrison could find himself in the same situation, especially since his base salary jumps to $1.2 million for the upcoming season. Tommie Harris is another DT on the Bears that has disappointed as of late, so what decision will the Bears make.
Will the Bears keep Tommie Harris or will they keep Marcus Harrison?
No one knows that answer right now, maybe not even the Bears. But if I were the Bears I would think long and hard about their decision.
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