Philadelphia Eagles will not pick up Timmy Jernigan’s option for 2019
Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan will not be moving forward with the team in 2019.
Well, that’s all she wrote for Timmy Jernigan’s short stint with the Philadelphia Eagles. Many expected it could happen, but either way, it was going to be a shocking move. We’re not sure if Howie Roseman and the Eagles attempted to re-structure Jernigan’s deal, but regardless of what went down, it looks like Jernigan’s days with the Eagles are going to be cut short.
According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the Eagles are not open to picking up Timmy Jernigan’s 2019 option. Therefore, he will become a Free Agent in a couple of weeks when the league new year gets started. With that, the Eagles will save around $7 million, according to 94 WIP’s Eliot Shorr-Parks.
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Timmy Jernigan won’t be the only defensive tackle that the Eagles will lose in 2019. After one underwhelming season, the veteran defensive tackle Haloti Ngata is also set to take on Free Agency soon. The Eagles picked up Ngata through Free Agency last season so he could fill in for Jernigan, who was nursing a back injury. Well, Ngata ended up having some injury concerns of his own as he was hardly reliable throughout the year.
Although the Eagles defensive line saw an increase in production upon Jernigan’s return in 2018, his impact clearly wasn’t enough to keep him on board. It’s quite clear that the generous contract extension that Jernigan signed in 2017-2018 left the Eagles front office with some buyers remorse. Right now, we’re assuming that Jernigan’s time with the Eagles is finished.
As he tests the market, there is a slight chance that they can work out another deal, that’s more team-friendly. That situation may be unlikely, but at this point, you never know. Now, the Eagles will have to look for an affordable replacement via Free Agency or the NFL Draft.