Tim Jennings’ good news was worth the wait.
On Monday, Jennings learned that he would be heading to the Pro Bowl to replace Super Bowl-bound cornerback Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks. Jennings will join fellow Bears players Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery in the game, which is next Sunday at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.
Jennings, 30, finished this season with four interceptions, three forced fumbles and two defensive touchdowns. He stepped up in the absence of injured teammate Charles Tillman and was rewarded after the season with a four-year contract.
The decision to re-sign with the Bears was an easy one for Jennings.
“Chicago gave me an opportunity that teams wouldn’t when I was a free agent deciding to come here,” Jennings said. “And just to see what they’re building around the defense – meaning to say, the offense, the special teams – I think we’ve got a good chance here.
“I think it was a no-brainer just to know what they’re capable of doing on the offensive side of the ball. Now, we’ve got to do some things on the defensive side. So, I wanted to be a part of that and be excited about what’s to come here.”
This marks Jennings’ second consecutive Pro Bowl selection. He led the NFL in 2012 with nine interceptions to go along with one defensive touchdown in 14 games.