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Eagles DT Tim Jernigan took HOW big a pay cut?

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Eagles DT Tim Jernigan took HOW big a pay cut?

The numbers are in, and Tim Jernigan’s pay cut was ... massive.

Jernigan re-signed with the Eagles on Friday about six weeks after the Eagles declined the option on his contract, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Jernigan’s previous contract? Four years, $48 million.

The new contract? One year, $1.25 million with bonuses that can bring the deal up to $2 million.

Only $1 million of the deal is guaranteed — $750,000 of the base salary and the $250,000 signing bonus.

Jernigan is only 26 and when he’s been healthy has shown flashes of being a dominating defensive tackle.

But his month and a half on the open market apparently did not result in any substantive offers on a long-term deal, because he’s making only slightly more than NFL minimum wage for players with five years of experience.

With this deal, the Eagles get a potential impact defensive lineman at a bargain-basement price for a year, and he gets to prove himself this year and reach free agency as a 27-year-old this offseason. 

In addition to the $1 million base salary, Jernigan got a $250,000 signing bonus, and he’ll get $31,250 for each game that he’s active for a max of $500,000 in weekly roster bonuses. Jernigan also has a $250,000 workout bonus written into the deal.

Jernigan carries a $1.625 million cap number for 2019 (in addition to his existing dead money), which includes the $1 million base, $125,000 of the weekly roster bonuses (based on his 2018 playing time), the $250,000 signing bonus and the $250,000 roster bonus.

This is a far cry from what Jernigan was scheduled to earn.

Jernigan was initially due to make $11 million in 2019 and $12 million in both 2020 and 2021, with cap figures of $13 million in 2019 and $14 million in 2020 and 2021.

When he was released, the Eagles cleared $13 million in cap space but took on $6 million in dead money — the three remaining $2 million pro-rated years — for a net savings of $7 million under the cap.

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Eagles vs. Lions live: Highlights, analysis from NFL Week 3 game

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Eagles vs. Lions live: Highlights, analysis from NFL Week 3 game

2:10 p.m.: The Lions just drove 44 yards on five plays and made a field goal to extend their lead. The Eagles need to settle things down on this next drive and get some points. 

With 3:29 left in the first half: Lions 17, Eagles 10 

2:06 p.m.: Jason Peters and Andre Dillard got injured in the second quarter and now Halapoulivaati Vaitai is in at left tackle. 

Peters (illness), Dillard (knee), Derek Barnett (ankle) are all questionable to return. 

Meanwhile, Miles Sanders just coughed up the football and the Lions got the ball back. It looked like he might have been down, but it was ruled a fumble. Lions are driving. Sanders had a problem with fumbling in college. He fumbled twice on that last drive and lost the second. 

1:50 p.m.: The Eagles responded after a 15-yard OPI against Mack Hollins and should have converted on 3rd-and-6. But Nelson Agholor dropped a first-down pass. He obviously had the bad drop last week in Atlanta. 

Still in the second: Lions 14, Eagles 10 

1:34 p.m.: End of the first quarter. The Eagles are up 10-7 but the Lions are on the 1-yard line as the teams switch sides. 

After 1: Eagles 10, Lions 7

1:20 p.m.: The Eagles’ offense responded beautifully after giving up a kick return touchdown. 

The big play came on a 19-yard scramble from Carson Wentz on 3rd-and-6. He got them down to the goal line. The Eagles ran well on that drive with Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders. Howard punched in a TD from the goal line with a nice block from Alex Ellis as a lead blocker. 

Still in the first: Eagles 10, Lions 7

1:14 p.m.: The Eagles just gave up a 100-yard kickoff return. Yikes. 

1:10 p.m.: The Eagles finally scored in the first quarter!

Carson Wentz led the Eagles on a 9-play, 69-yard drive that ended with a 25-yard field goal from Jake Elliott. The Eagles were helped by two penalties from the Lions that led to first downs. They also used some tempo on that drive. 

Miles Sanders also caught a 40-yard pass. 

11:37 a.m.: Dallas Goedert (calf) is active, but we’ll see how much he plays. 

11:15 a.m.: Alshon Jeffery is on the sideline during early warmups with a black compression sleeve on his leg and is not working out. It looks like he’ll be down today. 

11:06 a.m.: Dallas Goedert is out on the field for a second time.

11 a.m.: Rookie JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Mack Hollins should get plenty of reps today.

10:55 a.m.: The Eagles' new Goose Island IPA is on tap.

10:25 a.m.: Dallas Goedert (calf) is questionable today, but just ran routes for a while on the field during early pregame warmups. He looked like he was moving OK, but no indication whether or not he’ll play. Inactives get released at 11:30 a.m. 

10:05 a.m.: Just got down to the sports complex. It’s already pretty warm, but it’s a beautiful day to tailgate. 

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Eagles injury update: Jason Peters, Andre Dillard injured in 1st half of game vs. Lions

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Eagles injury update: Jason Peters, Andre Dillard injured in 1st half of game vs. Lions

The Eagles are down two left tackles in the second quarter.

Jason Peters left the game on the Eagles’ first drive of the second quarter and was replaced by rookie Andre Dillard. On the next drive, Dillard hurt his leg and had to be taken out. He went into the blue medical tent and then to the locker room.

That means the Eagles are now down to Halapoulivaavati Vaitai at left tackle. I guess that’s decent depth, but this obviously isn’t ideal. Vaitai was the Eagles’ starting left tackle during the Super Bowl run a couple years ago.

Peters is standing on the sideline with his helmet on but hasn’t come back in the game. 

Peters, Dillard and defensive end Derek Barnett are all questionable to return.

The only other backup offensive lineman dressed for this game is guard/tackle Matt Pryor.

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