The 31-year Jenkins played in 11 games last year with the Chicago Bears as a reserve nose tackle, and he had 21 tackles, 1 pass defensed, and a QB hit during that time. That was his second stint in Chicago as he also played with the Bears in 2017.
He previously played for the ‘Fins in 2019, so he’ll join a team he’s already familiar with.
Jenkins is the third d-lineman leaving the Bears this offseason, with Brent Urban who signed with the Dallas Cowboys, and Roy Robertson-Harris who inked a nice deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, being the other two.
With Chicago recently signing 28-year old Angelo Blackson (6′4″, 320 lbs) and with the expected return of starting nose tackle Eddie Goldman, who opted out a season ago due to the pandemic, the Bears were likely ready to move on from Jenkins.
The Bears also return Akiem Hicks, Bilal Nichols, and Mario Edwards Jr. from a year ago.
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