The Eagles will keep Timmy Jernigan in the fold for the 2019 season after all.
Six weeks after declining their option on the veteran defensive tackle, the Eagles announced Thursday they have re-signed him to a one-year deal — presumably at a much-reduced rate.
Roster Move: #Eagles and DT Tim Jernigan have agreed to terms on a one-year contract. #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/ANO443zXnx
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) April 25, 2019
The Eagles had reworked Jernigan’s contract last spring after he had surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back, converting a four-year deal he had signed in 2017 into a contract with three option years.
Jernigan didn’t make it onto the field until late November and played in only five games for Philadelphia last season (three in the regular season, two in the playoffs), making the $11 million he would have been due in 2019 under his revised deal unpalatable, so the Eagles cut ties with him last month.
Though he had time to test the market, the two parties obviously felt comfortable enough with each other for a reunion that will keep Jernigan alongside Fletcher Cox on the defensive front.
The 26-year-old Florida State product was a second-round pick by the Ravens in the 2014 draft and was dealt to Philadelphia for a third-round pick in April 2017.
He played a key role on the Eagles’ 2017 Super Bowl-winning defense before spending most of last year on the sideline due to injury.