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Tim Jennings, Major Wright see motivation in no-extension proclamation
BOURBONNAIS — Three-fourths of the Bears’ talented secondary will see their contracts expire after the 2013 season. Pro Bowl cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings and safety Major Wright all will be be playing for new deals.
Jennings and Wright have no problems with that. They each said Thursday that have no issues with general manager Phil Emery’s proclamation that it’s unlikely that there will be any extensions reached during the 2013 season.
“It’s not disappointing,” Jennings said. “I guess it’s just writing on the wall for a lot of guys — no extensions, we’ve got a new front office, new head coach, new coach staff. With them not trying to do any extensions, it’s a lot of writing on the wall for a lot of guys. [We'll] see what the future brings and what they’ve got in their plans.
“Hopefully, everything plays out for itself with guys here and we make a Super Bowl run and they’re going to have to start talking to a lot of guys and hopefully keep the right guys in the right places for years to come. They’ve got their plan in place, and we’ve got to see how it goes.”
Jennings, 29, signed a two-year deal with the Bears in 2010 as an unrestricted free agent. The eight-year veteran has blossomed in the Bears’ scheme, making a league-best nine interceptions last season. He called getting an extension “the ultimate goal.”
“I came from not even projected to be a starter,” Jennings said. “It’s a process. That’s the ultimate goal, to try to get an extension and finish my career here as a Bear. But everything will fall into place. I’ve just got to take care of what I need to take care of.”
Wright is in the final year of rookie deal. He’s started 27 games over his first three seasons. Wright and third-year safety Chris Conte have turned into a solid, stable tandem in the secondary.
“I’m not worrying about my contract,” Wright, 24, said. “It’s just another year for me where I have to prove that I can play this safety position.
“All I’m going to do is go out and play my hardest, give this team all I’ve got every down, every second. I can go out and control what Major can control and that’s it. Go and play. I can’t control anything else.”
Jennings said the situation doesn’t frustrate him — it’s motivating.
“This is the kind of position I’ve been in my whole career so it’s really nothing new,” Jennings said. “I have to go in and compete, continue to keep a job, and hopefully it pays off in the long run where I can have an extension and just kind of take it easy and not have as much pressure on myself. My whole eight years, that’s how it’s been. There’s really nothing new and nothing different for me at all.”