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Eagles decline Timmy Jernigan’s third-year option, to become free agent

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Philadelphia Eagles are declining defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan’s third-year option, and is to become a free agent on March 13th.

Jernigan had a decent season with the Eagles in 2017, but things didn’t work out as planned the following year. Prior to this past season, Jernigan underwent surgery on a herniated disc in his back and was expected to miss four-to-six months. He ended up returning just in time for the playoffs this year.

During the two seasons in Philadelphia, Jernigan had a total cap hit of $23 million, which obviously didn’t reach expectations.

Personally, I’m not surprised by the Eagles decision… Unless the 26-year-old is willing to restructure his contract, there’s no reason the Eagles should exercise his option considering his lack of production. I also wouldn’t be surprised if the Eagles draft one, if not two lineman this year.

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