Eagles Extend Jernigan
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — The Eagles' players are on a bye week but the organization is still hard at work, signing defensive tackle Tim Jernigan to a four-year contract extension through the 2021 season.
Originally a second-round draft choice of the Baltimore Ravens back in 2014, Philadelphia was acquired by the Eagles via trade prior to the 2017 Draft. The Eagles sent a third-round pick (74th overall) to the Ravens in exchange for Jernigan and a third-round pick (99th overall).
NFL Media reported that Jernigan could make as much as $48 million if he sees the end of the deal and got $26M in guarantees.
Billed as a better fit for Jim Schwartz's defensive scheme than the departed Bennie Logan because of his skills as a penetrator, Jernigan has been as advertised, leading the team with eight tackles for a loss this season, while also contributing 1 1/2 sacks and five hurries despite being slowed recently with a balky andkle.
“Since the day he entered the building, Tim has been a difference maker both on the field and around the building," the team said in a statement. "He’s a tough, physical and relentless player who brings energy and enthusiasm every day. Tim possesses a lot of the qualities that we look for as we continue to build this team and we are excited about his future here in Philadelphia.”
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