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Bucs sign free agent cornerback Tim Jennings

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 23:  Cornerback Tim Jennings #26 of the Chicago Bears celebrates after recovering a fumble against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third quarter at Soldier Field on November 23, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 23: Cornerback Tim Jennings #26 of the Chicago Bears celebrates after recovering a fumble against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third quarter at Soldier Field on November 23, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
Published Sep. 4, 2015

Bucs add a familiar face in former Bears cornerback Jennings

MIAMI — So much for nothing significant happening in the final quarter of the preseason.

Midway through the fourth quarter Thursday night against the Dolphins, general manager Jason Licht announced that the Bucs added a key piece to their secondary, agreeing to terms with two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Tim Jennings.

Jennings, 31, who visited with Bucs on Tuesday after being released by the Bears, has no shortage of familiar faces at One Buc Place. He played three seasons for Bucs coach Lovie Smith and cornerbacks coach Gill Byrd in Chicago from 2010-12, played for Bucs defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier as a rookie with the Colts in 2006, and current Bucs Chris Conte, Henry Melton and Major Wright are among his former Bears teammates.

Jennings had nine interceptions in 2012, leading a Bears defense that led the NFL with 44 takeaways. It's unclear whether he will compete for a starting cornerback job with returning starters Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks, or as the team's primary nickel defensive back.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer