Jimmy Kennedy is a Jaguar.
As expected, the Bears officially declined to match the offer sheet the defensive tackle signed with Jacksonville on Monday. Kennedy signed a one-year contract for $605,000 (the minimum for a veteran with five years service) and a $50,000 signing bonus.
The former first-round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams was signed by the Bears Dec. 11 to a one-year contract. The Bears wanted him to take a two-year deal and when he balked the club had a right of first refusal written into the contract. Kennedy appeared in three games as a reserve for the Bears.
It’s a need position, but coach Lovie Smith was never high on Kennedy when he was with the Rams, and the Bears prefer Matt Toeaina, the the player they claimed off waivers from the Cincinnati Bengals the day after Kennedy was signed. The Bears are banking heavily on Dusty Dvoracek returning from a torn ACL to anchor the position.