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Tim Jennings: Reunion with Lovie Smith a 'no-brainer'

TAMPA, Fla. -- Cornerback Tim Jennings signed his contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, but he doesn't think he's starting over.

“The comfort level was already there,’’ Jennings said. “As far as being comfortable and being familiar with the system where you can come in and play right away, it was a no-brainer.’’

That’s because Jennings played for Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith in Chicago. After being released by the Bears, Jennings said he had other options but signed with the Bucs primarily because of his relationship with Smith.

“He brought me to this player that I am today,’’ Jennings said. “Hopefully, he kind of restored that and put the fire back on. Just kind of be a part of something special that he turns around in the next year or so. I want to be a part of that.’’

Jennings’ role remains a bit unclear. He could compete with Mike Jenkins for the third cornerback spot. Or he could challenge Sterling Moore for the nickelback spot. Jennings previously played some nickelback in Chicago and Indianapolis.