April 04, 2017
The Philadelphia Eagles acquired Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan along with the Ravens’ third-round pick (99th overall) for the Eagles’ third-round pick (74th overall).
This offseason, the Eagles lost Bennie Logan to free agency, opening up a hole at DT. With this trade, the Eagles were able to fill that hole maintaining their same number of selections in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Jernigan was a former second-round pick of the Ravens in 2014. The obvious connection here is that Eagles personnel head Joe Douglas was in Baltimore’s scouting department when Jernigan was drafted.
Jernigan has been a solid player for the Ravens, posting good numbers from his defensive tackle position, shown here:
Jernigan is in the final year of his rookie contract, and will be a free agent after this season. While his current price tag may be low now (a smidgen over a million on the 2017 cap), the Eagles may be in a similar situation next offseason with Jernigan that they were in this offseason with Logan.
The Ravens have a deep and young stable of interior line defenders, so it made some level of sense for them to get something for Jernigan now rather than lose him in free agency next year for nothing.
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