Bears Sign Another Defensive Tackle

Babatunde Oshinowo was elevated to the active roster from the practice squad Monday, and now the Chicago Bears have brought in more help at the defensive tackle position. Jimmy Kennedy, a former first-round draft pick who played for Lovie Smith in St. Louis, was added to the mix Tuesday.

Per the Chicago Bears:

LAKE FOREST, IL – The Chicago Bears signed defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy to the active roster today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Kennedy entered the NFL as a first-round pick (12th overall) of the St. Louis Rams in 2003. The Penn State product spent four seasons with the Rams starting 30 of 53 games played, including all 16 in 2006. The Yonkers, N.Y. native registered 149 tackles (76 solos), four sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries with the Rams. He was traded to Denver this offseason and spent the preseason with the Broncos.

JC's Take: This move is further proof that head coach Lovie Smith is getting more authority at Halas Hall in terms of personnel decisions since he signed his contract extension after last season. Denver – currently 29th in the NFL defending run – has been woefully thin along the defensive line for quite some time, so they traded a sixth-round pick to the Rams for Kennedy this past June. However, Kennedy was cut by the Broncos after the preseason and has been out of work ever since. Smith was Kennedy's defensive coordinator for a time with St. Louis, so this smells like another hopeless reclamation project. Adam Archuleta anyone?


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