Eagles trade for defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan

Posted April 05, 2017

It's a legitimate question: Why did the Baltimore Ravens trade defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan to the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday to move up 25 spots in the third round? Baltimore gets the 77th overall pick while Philadelphia moves down to No. 99. Over three NFL seasons, Jernigan piled up 13 sacks, while Logan totaled just 5.5 sacks during his first four years in the league.

"We are excited to add Timmy Jernigan to our defensive front", Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said in a statement furnished by the team.

Jernigan was a second-round pick of the Ravens in 2014.

He played his first three seasons in a 3-4 defense as a defensive end, and he comes to a 4-3 defense in which he can play defensive tackle.

Jernigan, 24, gives the Birds a youthful and built up alternative on edge line to supplant Bennie Logan, who left in free organization. After that, the team had Beau Allen, two undrafted players from a year ago in Destiny Vaeao and Aziz Shittu, and Justin Hamilton, whom the team signed to a futures deal after the season. Be that as it may, Jernigan's one-year contract could put the Eagles in tough situation next offseason.

The Eagles pick up a player with experience and an affordable contract and will recoup a pick, depending on the size of his contract, if he signs elsewhere after this season. What's worse is that Jernigan is slated to only earn $1.394 against the salary cap in 2017, making him a relative bargain even if he only got five more sacks next season. Why the change? Jernigan wasn't a Pro Bowl player.

In Philadelphia, Jernigan may be a better fit where he'll pair with Fletcher Cox on the interior of the Eagles' defensive line.