Bears chop McKie; add cornerback

The Chicago Bears continued their adjustment to the Mike Martz offense today by releasing veteran fullback Jason McKie, who didn’t figure to have a solid role in the new scheme.

The move should help McKie find work soon, but it would have helped him more had he been cut loose before the opening of free agency. The nine-year veteran appeared in all 16 games last season, making 11 starts but the Bears began minimizing the role of the fullback before Martz arrived.

The Bears also added some depth in the secondary by signing cornerback Tim Jennings, a former second-round draft pick from Georgia by the Indianapolis Colts. Jennings was not tendered as a restricted free agent by the Colts and could figure into the mix as a nickel back and on special teams.

The Bears signed former Washington Redskins fullback Eddie Williams last week and he’s a potential H-back type. Martz has used two-back sets in the past, though, and had a massive fullback with the St. Louis Rams in James Hodgins, who was 6-1, 274 pounds. It will be interesting to see what direction he heads with the backfield.

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