Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan feels slighted due to a lack of offers in Free Agency. Therefore, he’s a man on a mission in 2019.
The past year has been a strange one for Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle, Timmy Jernigan. His mysterious injury, which he suffered at the beginning of the offseason led the Eagles to believe he was worth releasing. With a large cap hit looming over their heads, the Eagles felt it could’ve been beneficial to cut Jernigan since the injury occurred off company time. However, that didn’t end up being the case. Well, not in 2018 at least.
Jernigan would remain on the Eagles’ roster for the 2018 season, but he couldn’t avoid landing on the Injured Reserve. After suffering what was thought to be a season-ending back injury, the veteran defensive tackle found his way back out onto the field closer to the end of the season. Jernigan wasn’t as sharp as he was before the giant mishap, but it was pretty clear that he was beneficial to the defensive line — despite not being one-hundred percent.
Still, Jernigan’s contract forced the Eagles to feel buyer’s remorse. So when the league new year was set to get started, the Eagles front office made a tough decision to cut Jernigan in an attempt to free up some much-needed cap space. At that point, it seemed like Jernigan’s days in Philly were short lived. That wasn’t the case, though. A couple of months later and the veteran defensive tackle is back in Philly. Except for this time around, Jernigan’s smile isn’t lighting up the room. Instead, the Eagles are getting a disgruntled defender, who is out to prove everybody wrong.
Jernigan is on a mission in 2019
“They will tell you how I’m coming like — it’s on!” A motivated Timmy Jernigan hosted reporters in front of his locker after day one of the teams’ first OTAs session. Even though he teased a potential holdout via his Instagram story two weeks ago, Jernigan is present, and visibly frustrated by his lack of offers in Free Agency.
When Jernigan hit the market, it was apparent he wasn’t going to find a contract similar to his big break in Philly. But it was quite surprising to see the shortage of offers. After testing a dry market, he found himself back in Philly at a majorly discounted price that everybody applauded Howie Roseman for. While the fan base clapped for Howie, Jernigan must’ve felt a bit disrespected.
As he enters what is now the most critical season of his young career, Jernigan is going to use his second chance with the Eagles to gain leverage in his next quest for a new deal on the open market. So far, Jernigan’s found himself traded and released since becoming a second-round pick in 2014. As he endures the struggles of becoming a player who is underrated due to his injury history, Jernigan is looking to prove his doubters wrong.