DENVER - SEPTEMBER 19: Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks directs cornerback Kelly Jennings #21 during a break in the action against the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 19 2010 in Denver Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Seahawks 31-14. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The Cincinnati Bengals have announced that they traded defensive tackle Clinton McDonald to the Seattle Seahawks for cornerback Kelly Jennings. Jennings is a five-year that was selected in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft, playing 78 games and starting 44. He's posted only two interceptions and 48 passes defensed, along with a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. Geoff Hobson speculates:
First reax to Jennings trade: With 44 NFL starts, probably ticketed to be third corner on passing downs.
Jennings contributed during 1,056 defensive snaps last season, 625 of which was on pass coverage. Of the 78 passes that Jennings covered against opposing targets, he allowed an opposing passer rating of 109.4 and seven touchdowns. Here's his last three seasons in coverage.
Ultimately I have to admit a little initial confusion. Not only did we feel that McDonald had a strong preseason, but that Morgan Trent was as strong. That being said Cincinnati is stronger at defensive tackle with far too many depth issues and preexisting injury issues at cornerback; could be residual concern regard Morgan Trent's knee and Adam Jones' rehabilitation effort after suffering a spinal injury last season.
Either way the Bengals now have seven former first-round picks (five in the secondary).
The Seahawks signed Jennings to a one-year deal worth $1.835 million on August 1, 2011.