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Cullen Jenkins

Jenkins could be tackling this guy in practice soon.

The [intlink id=”13″ type=”category”]Chicago Bears[/intlink] will target Green Bay Packers defensive end [intlink id=”163″ type=”category”]Cullen Jenkins [/intlink] whenever free agency begins, according to John Mullin of CSN Chicago.

The Bears are looking to improve their defensive line and after re-signing defensive tackle Anthony Adams, Jenkins will be the team’s priority.

The Bears have their targets identified for whenever free agency opens. Green Bay’s Cullen Jenkins projects as the priority, followed by perhaps a Brandon Mebane out of Seattle. Mebane has played some two-gap inside at the beginning of his time with the Seattle Seahawks but also is not the figure that Adams represents.

Consider Adams along with Jenkins the top two signing priorities, ahead of center Olin Kreutz in some organization thinking.

The Packers have little interest in bringing Jenkins back, even though they now know Johnny Jolly won’t return to the team. Jenkins is 30 and has a history of injuries. He’s also going to command more money than he’s worth on the open market. The combination of those factors makes him an unattractive option for the Packers.

If he signed with the Bears, Jenkins could return to his traditional role as a defensive tackle. The Bears play a 4-3, while the Packers play a 3-4 and used Jenkins as a defensive end.

When he’s healthy, Jenkins is one of the better inside rushers in the NFL. In Chicago, he would take over for Tommie Harris, who the Bears released prior to the lockout, and team with Adams, Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije to form a potent four-man front.

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  1. Madcity Packer Fan April 6, 2011

    Hey at least the bears would have a player with a Superbowl ring.

  2. Steffen April 6, 2011

    Looks like the Bears are taking a page out of Minnesota’s playbook… by the way, why are we letting him go again?

  3. Rob April 6, 2011

    Like the Vikings, da Bears need a former Packer to win.

  4. iltarion April 6, 2011

    Considering Jenkins had one of his best games of the year against them, not a bad idea by Chicago, but we’ll see how much they pay him. He would be replacing a capable Tommie Harris; so I wouldn’t consider it much of an upgrade. Basically one oft-injured high potential player for another.

  5. Randy R April 6, 2011

    let them overpay, I like Jenks, in an ideal world, he could have 3 or 4 more good years, but to over pay with injury history, i dont think so.

  6. Dino April 17, 2011

    The Bears will be a better team again