January 24, 2019
The Philadelphia Eagles' 2018 season is over, and there will be a lot of interesting decisions made on the players currently on the roster, perhaps more so than in most years. Let's take a position-by-position look at who will likely be back with the team in 2019, and who won't.
Previous stay or go positional analysis
Today we'll look at the defensive tackles.
Cox was a First-Team All-Pro in 2018, and the best player on the Eagles' defense. He is irreplaceable.
Jernigan is a very interesting case. On the one hand, Jim Schwartz loves him and the energy he brings to the defense. On the other hand, he suffered a mystery back injury (we still don't know how), and he missed 13 games in 2018 as a result.
Jernigan's cap hit in 2019 is $13,000,000. There is no way in hell the Eagles are bringing him back at that number. However, should Jernigan take a significant cap hit, and if the team feels that he is past his back injury, then maybe he could stick with the team. But not as is.
#JimmyVerdict: Go, but with a chance to stay if his pay comes down drastically.
Ngata missed three games with a calf injury, and he was mostly ineffective when he played, tallying just 17 tackles and 1 sack on the season. He turned 35 this week, and is a free agent.
Hester proved to be a great in-season addition, as he played very good run defense, and deflected Cody Parkey's game-winning field goal attempt, which double-doinked off the post and crossbar before falling harmlessly to the Soldier Field turf. He should be in a great position to earn a roster spot in 2019.
Hector had a good training camp, but he struggled when he played in regular season games. He'll have a new defensive line coach to try to impress in camp in 2019.
#JimmyVerdict: He'll be back in camp, but will have to scratch and claw to make the team once again.
Green = Stay
Red = Go
Orange = Will be back in camp in 2019, but a roster spot is not guaranteed
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