The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hosting cornerback Tim Jennings for a visit today, according to Adam Schefter. Jennings was released by the Chicago Bears yesterday after playing for them for five seasons, including three under Lovie Smith. Jennings originally entered the NFL as a second-round draft pick for the Indianapolis Colts in 2006.
Jennings used to be one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, racking up nine interceptions and being named an All-Pro as recently as 2012, but at 31 his play has declined rapidly. Jennings was largely ineffective last year, and was demoted from starter to backup to being cut after poor performances this preseason.
Still, given Jennings' history with Lovie Smith and the Bucs' lack of depth at cornerback, they're likely to sign Jennings. He's not likely to earn a starting job on the outside, as both Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks have played well this preseason, but he may prove to be the solution in the slot. Sterling Moore has been a disappointment, while Leonard Johnson is currently injured and, well, always a disappointment. Jennings may be on the decline, but he might be able to squeeze out another season of useful play for Lovie Smith -- especially given the fact that he actually knows the scheme.