Bears Add Free Agent DT John Jenkins

John Jenkins #95 with the Miami Dolphins pursues Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys in 2019. Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

The Chicago Bears added a new piece to their defensive line, who happens to be a familiar face, after signing defensive tackle John Jenkins to a one-year deal on Tuesday.

Jenkins previously played for the Bears in 2017, and will rejoin the NFC North franchise after spending the past two seasons with the Giants and Dolphins, respectively.

The University of Georgia alum and Connecticut native has been a steady presence in the league since being drafted in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent his first three seasons with the Saints, but has bounced around the league since then.

2019 was Jenkins’ first full season on the field since 2015, as he appeared in all 16 games, starting 5, for the Dolphins. He recorded 34 tackles and 1 sack in a down year for the Fins.

Now, Jenkins returns to Chicago to provide depth and experience to the team’s defensive line. His second stint with the franchise is expected to be a little more productive than his first one, in which he appeared in only 8 games and recorded 8 tackles.

Jenkins is expected to compete with Eddie Goldman for playing time at the nose tackle position in the Bears’ defensive scheme.