According to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk, the Philadelphia Eagles are not expected to exercise defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan’s option.
#Eagles will not exercise DT Timmy Jernigan’s $11M option for 2019.
The two sides could agree to a pay cut that would keep Jernigan in Philly but he is expected to test the open market.
— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) February 26, 2019
“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,” Alper stated in his report.
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. The Eagles are also able to franchise tag the 26-year-old for around $14 million. Though, it’s very unlikely the Eagles would be willing to pay even more.
Nonetheless, the Eagles may be bound to restructure the deal with Jernigan. Personally, I prefer the Eagles to restructure his contract so the Eagles don’t need to worry about another position.Follow @EaglesFeast