Eagles Sign DT Tim Jernigan To Four-Year Extension Through 2021

  • Eagles Sign DT Tim Jernigan To Four-Year Extension Through 2021

Eagles Sign DT Tim Jernigan To Four-Year Extension Through 2021

The Philadelphia Eagles and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan reportedly agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract extension Thursday that includes $26 million in fully guaranteed money, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Jernigan, 25, was signed to a one-year deal by the Eagles this offseason and has fit in perfectly in Philadelphia. Jernigan has 1.5 sacks and five quarterback hurries. Jernigan, a 25-year-old Florida State product, adapted nearly instantly to defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's attack scheme after being acquired from the Baltimore Ravens in the offseason.

Jernigan has started all nine games for the Eagles this season.

"Since the day he entered the building, Tim has been a difference-maker both on the field and around the building", the Eagles said in a statement.

Jernigan's stats don't tell the full story of his value to the Eagles.

The Philadelphia Eagles' defensive line is unquestionably the backbone of a defense that ranks No. 1 in the National Football League against the run, third on third down, and is among the best at pressuring quarterbacks. "Tim possesses a lot of the qualities that we look for as we continue to build this team and we are excited about his future here in Philadelphia".

What Jernigan's contract means to backup Beau Allen is unclear.

The attention now turns to receiver Alshon Jeffery, who signed a one-year deal last offseason after failing to break the bank on the free-agent market.

Destiny Vaeao still has a year left on his deal at $632,000 while Elijah Qualls is under control through 2020 after signing his rookie contract during he offseason.