Two months after Timmy Jernigan and the Texans agreed to terms, the veteran defensive tackle looks to have another deal in place. Jernigan visited the Jaguars and is expected to sign with the team soon, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com tweets.
The free agent defensive tackle’s Houston contract fell through in early June. He looks set to join one of the Texans’ top rivals instead. The former second-round pick went to high school in north Florida and sought a Jaguars deal over other options, per Garafolo (on Twitter).
Free agents have spent much of 2020 in limbo, with the coronavirus pandemic prompting the NFL to restrict teams from meeting with players or working them out. But the league gave the green light for teams to conduct visits and workouts Tuesday, and the Jags will add some depth to their D-line.
Jernigan, 27, lingered in free agency until June and returned to the market following his nixed Houston agreement. The Jags will mark the seventh-year defensive lineman’s third NFL team. Jernigan spent the first three years of his career with the Ravens before playing with the Eagles from 2017-19.
Traded from Baltimore to Philadelphia in 2017, Jernigan was a full-time starter for the Eagles’ Super Bowl-winning team. He signed a four-year, $48MM extension to stay with Philly long-term, but the Eagles cut him in 2019. However, Jernigan re-signed with the Eagles for less money shortly after. He started nine games last season, playing 306 snaps and rating as a middle-of-the-pack interior defender, per Pro Football Focus.
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