Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan signed a four-year, $48 million extension. The deal includes $26 million in fully guaranteed money. Jernigan was in his contract year, so the Eagles were quick to lock him up before he hit the open market.
This is great news for the Eagles defense. Jernigan was traded from the Baltimore Ravens for a 2017 NFL Draft pick during the offseason. This was looked at as one of the most underrated moves by the Eagles front office this past offseason. Sure, on paper it looked good. But on the field it looks great. Jernigan has been nothing short of impressive for the Eagles dominant defensive line.
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His contract will keep him in Philadelphia through 2021. Clearly, Jernigan was rewarded for the solid play that he has displayed lately on defense. Although he only has 1.5 sacks, he is mostly known for his ability to stop the run. The 7-2 Eagles head into Week 10 with the league’s top-ranked run defense. And he’s been a major part of that.
Jernigan’s first-half production comes after he was unable to hide his excitement over playing in defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’s scheme, shortly after landing with the Eagles back in April.
“I’ve been waiting to play in this type of scheme for a while,” Jernigan said Friday afternoon at the NovaCare Complex. “Being at Florida State for a couple years, we were more read, then I went to Baltimore and it was more of a read system, there. Last year, Baltimore started attacking a little bit more and I had my best year. This is going to be exciting.”
Jernigan suffered an ankle injury that forced him from Sunday’s 51-23 win over the Denver Broncos, but he is expected to be fine when the Eagles return off the bye week next Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
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