The Eagles added depth to the defensive line Tuesday in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens landing them tackle Timmy Jernigan.
The Eagles shipped their third-round draft pick, No. 74 overall, to Baltimore for Jernigan and the Ravens’ third-rounder, No. 99 in the draft.
Jernigan has one year and $1.017 million left on his rookie contract. The Ravens took the Florida State product off the board in the second round of the 2014 draft.
“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. “It was hard to move down in the third round but we believe in building along the lines and he is a good fit for our scheme. At 24 years old, his best football is still ahead of him. We still have at least one pick in every round and eight total picks in the draft that will take place in Philadelphia in front of our fans in a few weeks.”
Jernigan (6-2, 299) produced 5 sacks in 15 starts last season for the Ravens. He has 13 sacks in three years with the team.
Jernigan, if healthy, would be a decent rotational player for the Eagles, who chose not to re-sign defensive tackle Bennie Logan. Prior to the trade, Beau Allen was the de facto starter alongside tackle Fletcher Cox.
With a minimal investment, the Eagles added experienced depth. Just don’t expect Jernigan to blossom into a star.
Jernigan, dating to his days with the Seminoles, is notorious for starting strong and wearing out in the second halves of seasons.
Jernigan also is another Eagles addition who has ties to Birds vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas, formerly of the Ravens.
Douglas was part of the collaboration that brought Jernigan to the Ravens. He’s a disciple of Ozzie Newsome, one of the premier talent evaluators in football, having spent 16 years with the Ravens.
Newsome, however, hasn’t exactly been on a winning streak. The Ravens haven’t reached the playoffs in three of the last four seasons since winning Super Bowl XLVII, partly due to talent.
In his first 16 drafts, Newsome averaged one Pro Bowl player. The only every-down player to reach the Pro Bowl in the past five Newsome-Eric DeCosta drafts is linebacker C.J. Mosley.
It also bears mentioning the Ravens have been unable to keep good players because of the massive contract they gave quarterback Joe Flacco.
Douglas is in charge of the Eagles’ draft board although Roseman has the final say on picks, according to Birds owner Jeffrey Lurie.