4. The Eagles swap picks with the Ravens, and they also get Timmy Jernigan.
If you’ve been an Eagles fan for a while, you remember ‘Birds’ former defensive tackle Bennie Logan. That also means that you’re aware of what the vibe was when the Eagles let him get out of the door during 2017’s free agency period. There wasn’t necessarily any panic, but there was this feeling that he had left a huge hole for the Eagles to fill.
Somebody had to be brought in to take some of the pressure off of Fletcher Cox. History has taught us that Philly had a plan in place, and on April 4th of 2017, the Eagles traded the 74th pick in that year’s draft to the Baltimore Ravens to acquire Timmy Jernigan and the 99th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Those with a short memory will look at Jernigan and think about the fact that he’s been hurt for the majority of the 2018 and 2019 season. Those with a little longer memory will look at Jernigan and remember that in 2017, over the course of 15 regular-season games and Philly’s Super Bowl run, he registered a very respectable 31 total tackles (16 were solo and nine resulted in a loss of yardage). Add that to 2.5 sacks, and additional eight hits on the quarterback.
His presence on the Eagles defensive line helped make Philly what they were, and ladies and gentlemen, this team wouldn’t have won the Super Bowl without him. Trading for Jernigan wasn’t the only move that Howie Roseman and company made. They also made a trade to strengthen the offensive side of the ball at that season’s deadline.