Eagles not expected to pick up Timmy Jernigan’s 2019 option

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The Eagles have several decisions to make heading into the start of the new league year, including one about their option on defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan‘s contract for the 2019 season.

They have until March 13 to make that call, but it probably isn’t going to take that long. Jernigan’s option is for an $11 million salary and a $13 million cap hit, which is why there are multiple reports that the team is not expected to pull the trigger on bringing him back.

Those reports believe that the door will be open for a return at a lower salary if he reworks his deal or if he tests free agency and finds that there’s not a better option than returning to Philly. That may wind up being the case as Jernigan missed most of last season after having back surgery.

In addition to figuring things out with Jernigan, the Eagles have to decide if they’ll follow through on picking up wide receiver Nelson Agholor‘s fifth-year option for $9.5 million and if they’ll approach left tackle Jason Peters about redoing his deal. Any money saved on any of those fronts could be put toward trying to re-sign defensive end Brandon Graham if that’s something of interest to the team.

12 responses to “Eagles not expected to pick up Timmy Jernigan’s 2019 option

  1. Every successful team has to face the time when they have to start paying their guys. This is the great leveler of the NFL.

  2. I can easily be wrong but his snap count never returned to normal once he came back.

    Seems like he’s loved in the locker room, but on-field production trumps locker room production.

  3. If Peters wants to play next season, he should voluntarily rework his contract. I love what he’s done for the team but he’s been compensated very well for it. However at this point, physically he’s unable to finish games. It became a question of not if he got injured during the game but at what point…1st series, 1st quarter, etc. While it can be argued that JP at 50% or 75% is still better than some left tackles…he’s still 37/38 years old and frequently injured. In 2019, he has a $13M cap hit vs $2.6M dead cap space. If he wants to play…he will likely be a cap casualty unless he reworks his contract, which will/should consist of mostly incentives.

  4. Guy was a huge disappointment in Baltimore and pretty average in Philly. No idea why he gets so much hype for a 1st rd pick soon to be on his 3rd team in 5 years.

  5. 1st half of 2018 he was strong but 2nd half he disappeared often in games. Then off season injury and a late return last year that seemed to be partly on Pederson, Jernigan acknowledged he wasn’t sure why he wasn’t practicing or playing. Maybe keep if he restructures but he’s replaceable, I’m guessing he’s gone.

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