Eagles trade for Ravens DT Timmy Jernigan

Eagles trade for Ravens DT Timmy Jernigan

Eagles trade for Ravens DT Timmy Jernigan

The Baltimore Ravens traded defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan to the Philadelphia Eagles and swapped third-round picks in this year's draft.

Jernigan was the Ravens' second-round pick in 2014 out of Florida State.

The Ravens traded their 99th-overall selection to the Eagles in exchange for the 74th-overall pick in this year's draft. So, let's view this as trading Jernigan for a late third rounder.

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That made him an expendable piece for a team that didn't see Jernigan as crucial to the team's defensive success. And they didn't give up much. But Jernigan slowed down late in the year, losing snaps to Michael Pierce and not being happy with it.

Brent Urban and 2016 third-round pick Bronson Kaufusi, who missed all of his rookie season after breaking his ankle in training camp, are the favorites to compete for the starting defensive end job. Baltimore now has four of the first 78 picks in this year's draft. Jernigan, who is only 25, should fit well next to Fletcher Cox. Throughout this offseason, Eagles de facto GM Howie Roseman has talked about the importance of having a first crack at re-signing guys before the next free-agent period begins. That would hurt the grade in hindsight, but the Eagles did well to pick up a starter while getting a lesser pick back. Making this trade now doesn't allow Jernigan to walk for free. If he can reach his potential (he's still not there), the Eagles could look like robbers in this deal.

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