Tim Jernigan Signs With Houston

The Eagles are losing one of their depth pieces at defensive tackle, as Tim Jernigan is moving on and signing with the Houston Texans.

Jernigan first was acquired by the Eagles in 2017 via a trade with Baltimore. He quickly teamed up with Fletcher Cox to create a violent interior defensive line that helped the Eagles earn their first Super Bowl trophy. An injury suffered in the offseason a few months later caused Jernigan's future with the team to be in doubt. Howie Roseman restricted Jernigan's contract for 2018, but Jernigan was only healthy enough to appear in three games. The team decided to release him but a few weeks later were able to come to an agreement on a one-year deal. Once again injuries derailed his season, as Jernigan appeared in 10 games in 2019.

In 28 total games as an Eagle, Jernigan registered 41 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and 12 QB sacks.

With Fletcher Cox (29 years old), Malik Jackson (30 years old) and Javon Hargrave (27 years old) cemented at defensive tackle, there weren't many snaps left to be taken. Hassan Ridgeway (25 years old) is also likely to get into the rotation. Even with all of that investment on the interior defensive line, when 2021 comes around might be time to invest a high draft pick in a young, stud defensive tackle.


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