Chicago Bears re-sign John Jenkins

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 31: John Jenkins
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 31: John Jenkins /

The Chicago Bears re-signed their backup nose tackle John Jenkins

As the dust from free agency settled, John Jenkins still did not have a home. The Chicago Bears did not address the defensive line at all in free agency, and in fact allowed Mitch Unrein to find another home. Now, both find each other for year two as Jenkins will be brought in to camp for another season.

Jenkins hardly saw the field last year, starting in one game and making eight tackles. However, as a backup nose tackle, you are not supposed to be needed often. That is a good thing.

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The fact of the matter is that Jenkins is a veteran presence who knows how to conduct himself and knows how to stay in shape during the season even with minimum  playing time.

That is important because while Eddie Goldman was excellent in 2017, he has an injury history in his past. Roy Robertson-Harris and Jonathan Bullard can slide around the line, but neither could consistently hold down a 0-tech spot.

While the Jenkins signing fills depth, and he would make the team if roster projections were made for tomorrow, he can be replaced. Defensive line was not a huge need before signing Jenkins and is not a need after signing Jenkins.  Still, in the seventh round, or with an undrafted free agent, it is not off the table.

The Bears also have Rashaad Coward, who was undrafted free agent last season and spent the year on the practice squad. So while Jenkins is penciled onto the roster, the Bears are still always looking to find the best depth possible .