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Tim Jernigan reportedly heading back to the AFC in free agency

Tim Jernigan reportedly heading back to the AFC in free agency

Former Eagles defensive tackle Tim Jernigan is reportedly heading back to the AFC after agreeing to a deal with the Houston Texans.  

Jernigan is the fifth starter from the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII-winning team to move on to a new team this offseason, joining Malcolm Jenkins, Ronald Darby, Nelson Agholor and Halapoulivaati Vaitai. 

The Eagles’ moving on from Jernigan isn’t much of a surprise after the moves they’ve already made this offseason. First, they brought back Hassan Ridgeway on a one-year deal, then they got Javon Hargrave on a three-year deal. That made it pretty clear that Jernigan wouldn’t be returning. 

While we don’t know the real terms of Jernigan’s contract, it seems possible that he might factor into the compensatory pick formula. 

Here’s the updated list of Eagles free agents who have found teams so far: 

Jernigan, 27, arrived in Philadelphia in April of 2017 in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens and became a major part of the Super Bowl season. He was a starter next to Fletcher Cox and was playing very well until he suffered an ankle injury. But Jernigan was still able to start 15 games that regular season and all three playoff games. He earned a four-year extension during that season. 

But that’s when things got strange. 

Jernigan suffered a mysterious back/neck injury during the 2018 offseason and never revealed what happened. That forced him to renegotiate his contract and he was able to play just three games (five including playoffs) in 2018. 

Last year, the Eagles brought in Malik Jackson to start ahead of Jernigan but Jackson got hurt in Week 1, which should have opened the door for Jernigan. But then Jernigan hurt his foot in Week 2. Eventually, Jernigan played in 10 games (9 starts) but he hasn’t been at his best since early in that 2017 run. And even though he’s 27, it’s fair to wonder if his best days are behind him. 

Still, the absence of Jernigan will still be felt. He was a popular guy among his teammates and Jim Schwartz once said Jernigan “means something to our spirit.” 

At the end of the 2019 season, it seemed like Jernigan was already preparing himself for his departure and saying goodbye to Philadelphia. 

“At the end of the day, man, as long as my teammates know that I gave everything I had on Sunday, when those lights turned on, I gave y’all everything I had,” he said after the playoff loss to the Seahawks. “I’m at peace with that. 

“However it turns out with me in this free agency thing, I’m at peace with that. As long as y’all boys know I gave y’all everything I had. The city knows I gave them everything I had. It’s always love from here, from me there’s always love.”

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What Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's latest order means for the Eagles

What Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's latest order means for the Eagles

Pennsylvania’s governor has issued an order that could possibly allow the Eagles to return to practice as early as next week. 

But that’s far from guaranteed to happen in that time span. 

Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday issued an order that will allow professional sports teams in Pennsylvania to return to practice or to play, without fans in attendance, if their county is in the yellow or green phases of reopening from COVID-19 precautions. Philadelphia is expected to move from red to yellow on June 5, so that’s the absolute earliest the Eagles could return to practice at the NovaCare Complex under state rule. 

It’s very important to note that this order doesn’t guarantee that the Eagles will return to practice as soon as the state allows. By NFL rule, the Eagles won’t be allowed to practice until all 32 teams are allowed. 

But at least this order from the governor clears one hurdle:

“(Professional sports teams) are allowed to practice or play in the yellow and green phases of reopening without on-site or venue spectators if the team (or league on behalf of the team) has developed a COVID-19 safety plan.

“Such a plan must be approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and include, among other requirements, testing or screening and monitoring of all on-venue players and personnel. Also, no fans or spectators may be permitted on interior or exterior venue property. Professional sports organizations are encouraged to contact the Wolf Administration to share their reopening plans and get them approved by the Department of Health.

This is the time of year the Eagles would typically be holding their voluntary Organized Team Activities leading up to a mandatory minicamp in mid-June. While it’s possible the Eagles will be allowed to hold a real minicamp in June, that’s still very much in question. The team has been holding a virtual offseason for several weeks, utilizing Microsoft Teams. 

The good news here is that is seems like there is a growing possibility the Eagles will be able to hold a training camp in late July/early August at the NovaCare Complex in South Philadelphia. There are still more hurdles to clear before that and the importance of training camp is not lost on the team. 

Last week, head coach Doug Pederson said he was preparing like training camp would be held on time. He also said it’ll be important for the Eagles to have an entire training camp (five to six weeks) to adequately and safety prepare for the 2020 season. 

“I do think that a full training camp moving forward would prepare you,” Pederson said. “I do think you can get in enough contact in, I do think you can get enough padded practices in. You’d have to maximize those. At the same time, you’d have to be smart to get your guys ready and prepared for that opening weekend.”

The Eagles are scheduled to open their 2020 preseason on Aug. 13 in Indianapolis. They will open the regular season on the road against the Redskins on Sept. 13. 

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The Redskins tweeted ... nothing ... and the responses were hilarious

The Redskins tweeted ... nothing ... and the responses were hilarious

What have the Redskins done for their fans lately?

The answer came from the team’s own Twitter account Wednesday afternoon.

A tweet with literally nothing in it. A nothing tweet. The Seinfeld of tweets, without the actual entertainment value. Suffice it to say, the responses were hilarious and plentiful.

This is bound to happen when you’re a team that has half as many playoff wins (2) in the last 27 seasons as Nick Foles had in the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Over that same span, they’ve finished in last place 11 times.

So far this offseason, their most memorable piece of social media content seems to be a butt-dial.

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