Philadelphia re-signing Tim Jernigan to one-year deal
The Philadelphia Eagles have re-signed defensive tackle Tim Jernigan to a one-year deal.
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter broke the news on Thursday.
Eagles are re-signing DT Tim Jernigan to a one-year contract, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 25, 2019
Chris McPherson of the Eagles’ official website wrote about Jernigan’s deal on Thursday.
The Eagles welcomed back defensive tackle Tim Jernigan, who agreed to terms on a one-year deal Thursday.
Jernigan was a valuable piece on defense in the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII run as he started 15 games at defensive tackle alongside Fletcher Cox and registered 34 tackles, 18 QB pressures and hits, nine tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks in 492 snaps.
According to ESPN’s Tim McManus, the Eagles declined to pick up Jernigan’s option for this season. As a result, he became an unrestricted free agent. Prior to declining Jernigan’s option, the Eagles were obliged to pay him a base salary of $11 million. He would’ve also counted $13 million against the cap.
But after signing a four-year, $48 million extension during the 2017 season, his debut with the Eagles after spending the first three seasons of his career with the Baltimore Ravens, Jernigan had surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back the following May. He missed all but three games last season while recovering from the surgery, finishing 2018 with two tackles, one tackle for loss, and one quarterback hit.
Just 26, there’s still a chance Jernigan’s best days are ahead of him despite his progress being stalled by injury. Now that he’s back for at least one more year, he should help the Eagles in their Super Bowl aspirations. That’s good news for Philadelphia fans.