Timmy Jernigan
Timmy Jernigan took a massive pay cut to return to the Eagles. The magic of Howie Roseman continues (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

Howie Roseman is one of the best general managers in any sport. The magic that he pulls out of thin air makes him among the best. A perfect example of this is Timmy Jernigan. Philadelphia declined a team option on Jernigan that was scheduled to pay Timmy, $11 million in 2019 and $12 million in both 2020 and 2021 under his previous deal, with cap figures of $13 million in 2019 and $14 million in 2020 and 2021.

Losing Jernigan would have been a blow for the Eagles. Fletcher Cox can’t do it by himself. Philadelphia signed Malik Jackson in the offseason but even he isn’t nearly as talented as Jernigan. The events that followed would only happen to Howie Roseman. The Eagles GM someone retained Jernigan after the two sides agreed to a new contract with will pay the defensive tackle re-signed for $1.25 million with a chance to make up to $2 million with bonuses. Roseman is a magician at heart. He has to be.

“It’s great to get Timmy back,” Howie Roseman, the team’s executive vice president of football operations, said, via Mike Kaye of NJ.com. “He just has great energy for our football team. Just looking at that defensive line room and that defensive tackle position, that’s a strength of our team, and it’s just a good fit for us and Timmy.”

To keep Jernigan on a one-year prove it deal is a home run. Jernigan, 26, was hurt for most of the 2018 season but is a very good player. Having a full year to recover, expect Jernigan to return to form. The former 2nd round pick out of Florida State recorded the 16th best pass rush productivity rate for defensive tackles in 2017. With Jernigan back in the fold, it’s safe to say the Eagles have the best defensive front in the NFL.

It’s another player that will go down in the long line of Raven idiotic mistakes. Jernigan was acquired from Baltimore for a 2017 third round pick swap. Another idiotic mistake for the Ravens. Turns out, it wouldn’t be the last time the Eagles made the Ravens look like fools. Philadelphia also executed the Lamar Jackson trade on draft night a year ago.