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Timmy Jernigan hints he could be stepping away from football this season

Eagles defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan seems to be quite upset, maybe at Eagles fans, after posting this on his Instagram story on Friday:

If you didn’t already hear, Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith recently announced he’s stepping away from football this upcoming season, which is what Jernigan is referencing. Perhaps Jernigan is hinting that he may do the same by taking some time off this upcoming season?

Jernigan re-signed with the Eagles on a one-year deal in late April. Jernigan’s contract includes an initial cap hit of $1.25 million. $1 million of the deal is guaranteed, and a $250 thousand signing bonus was included—which is a pay cut compared to his last contract.

Last season, Jernigan was out for a substantial amount of time after suffering a herniated disk that required surgery in April of 2018, following the Eagles Super Bowl run. He returned to the field in December last season, however, was in and out throughout the weeks. He ended up playing just 45 snaps last season.

This offseason, the Eagles declined Jernigan’s 2019 option, making him a free agent. Nonetheless, signed his current contract weeks after. Needless to say, Jernigan will presumably be for defensive line depth, as they now have newly acquired Malik Jackson. Perhaps with his placement in the depth chart is why he is frustrated.

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