Timmy Jernigan backs out of deal with Texans
Houston, we have a commitment problem. In a surprising turn of events, defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan announced on his Instagram story on Tuesday night that he will not be joining the Houston Texans.
“Guess I’m not goin to Houston, but the show not ova,” the post read.
Former Eagles’ and Ravens DT Timmy Jernigan, who had reached agreement with the Texans, announced on IG that he is not going to Houston and he plans to play elsewhere. pic.twitter.com/6daP1RECmE
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 3, 2020
The six-year veteran initially reached a verbal agreement with the Texans last April. However, Timmy Jernigan was unable to fly to Houston and get a physical examination done due to travel limitations brought upon by the COVID-19 crisis. According to his agent Bill Johnson, the one-year deal was worth $3.75 million — $1.25 million of which was guaranteed.
Earlier in the offseason, Texans head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien considered the signing “a big get” for the team. Despite O’Brien’s statement though, Jernigan was never placed on the team website.
Jernigan was considered to be a huge run-stopper coming off a National Championship with the Florida State Seminoles in 2014. He amassed 91 tackles and 35 quarterback hits playing as a defensive tackle in his first three years with the Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens traded Jernigan to the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2017 offseason where he continued to flourish. As a testament of his impressive play, Philly signed him to four-year, $48 million extension just nine games into his Eagles career.
Unfortunately, Jernigan ran into some serious back problems and ended up missing 13 games in 2018. The Eagles declined his option in 2019 but later signed Jernigan to a one-year deal.
A reunion with Philadelphia is considered unlikely at this point, with the team already stacked in their defensive line.