Updated: Apr 20, 2019
The Eagles will be in the market for a defensive tackle this offseason, as ESPN's Adam Schefter reported today that the team has declined Tim Jernigan's option in his contract.
Jernigan only played 45 snaps in 2018 thanks to a back injury he suffered in the offseason. In 2017 he teamed up with Fletcher Cox to cause nightmares up the middle for NFL offenses, and help the Eagles to their first Super Bowl victory.
There is a slim possibility the team could sign him as a free agent, but Howie Roseman probably already tried to negotiate a cheaper deal and Jernigan probably turned it down. With Jernigan off the roster now and Haloti Ngata becoming a free agent as well, right now the starting DT next to Fletcher Cox would be Trayvon Hester. The Eagles will likely look to upgrade the position in the draft if they can't find a cheap option in Free Agency.
The Eagles will now have an extra $7 Million in cap space for the 2019 season.