The Chicago Bears lacked depth in 2016. That was obvious from their 3-13 record.
General Ryan Pace seems to have taken notice this offseason.
On Friday morning, the Bears signed veteran defensive tackle John Jenkins.
Jenkins, 27, was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 2013. Ryan Pace was with the Saints when they drafted him out Georgia. He is a towering 6-4, 346-pound monster in the middle. He is known as a run stuffer.
While a member of the Saints, Jenkins started 22 games and appeared in 27 total. He finished last season as a member of the Seattle Seahawks appearing in two games. For his career, Jenkins has 11.5 total sacks.
Jenkins will provide some much-needed depth behind Eddie Goldman. Now, the Bears will be able to rotate their defensive linemen in and out as they please.
During his time with the Saints, Jenkins did battle some weight issues, but if he can stay healthy and keep his weight where it needs to be, he can be a valuable depth piece for the Bears on defense.
Many Bears fans have harshly criticized the front office this offseason. Sure, some frustration is expected when big ticket free agents are not signed, but there have been some nice moves and the Bears seem to be getting healthier and deeper as a team. Don’t forget the NFL draft is right around the corner as well.
For now, be patient, Bears fans.