Former Eagles defensive lineman and Super Bowl LII champion Tim Jernigan is returning to the AFC.
The 27-year-old defensive tackle is expected to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to a report from NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.
Garafolo clarified that the deal isn't done just yet, but Jernigan visited with the team on Wednesday, and barring something unforeseen, Jernigan will spend his seventh year in the league with the Jags:
With a bunch of DTs opting out recently, Timmy Jernigan had several options. But the Florida native preferred to play there, so the #Jaguars became a likely landing spot. Not done til it's done but it should get done. OK I'm done.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 12, 2020
Jernigan joined the Eagles in a 2017 trade with Baltimore - which also netted the Eagles Rasul Douglas - and played 28 games over three seasons in Philly. His 2018 was derailed by back surgery, and he appeared in just three games that season. He compiled 4.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss during his time with the Birds.
Once viewed by the organization as a possible long-term piece on the defensive line, Jernigan signed a four-year, $48 million contract extension with the Eagles in November of 2017. But the Eagles declined the option on his deal after the 2018 season, before bringing him back on a one-year deal worth up to $2 million.
The two sides parted ways after the 2019 season.
Interestingly, Jernigan was previously set to sign a one-year, $3.75 million deal with the Texans during free agency this offseason, until the deal fell apart in June, seemingly in part because of his injury history. It's currently unclear how Jernigan's prospective deal with the Jaguars compares to his reported agreement with the Texans.
Jernigan started in all three playoff games during the Eagles' 2017 Super Bowl run, and is credited with a pair of quarterback hits on Tom Brady in Super Bowl LII (the Eagles won, 41-33).
Jernigan was the Ravens' second-round pick in 2014.
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