Eagles sign Tim Jernigan to four-year contract extension

Eagles sign Tim Jernigan to four-year contract extension

Tim Jernigan's instant impact with his new team has assured him financial security. He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason and would have been one of the top available defensive players.

Defensive end Vinny Curry signed a five-year, $46.25 million contract in 2106 and fellow defensive end Brandon Graham inked a four-year, $26 million deal in 2015. While those stats are underwhelming, Jernigan has been a disruptive force on the interior of the Eagles' defensive line, which has spearheaded the Eagles' top-ranked rush defense in 2017.

The Eagles weren't messing around.

Jernigan suffered an ankle injury that forced him from Sunday's 51-23 win over the Denver Broncos, but he is expected to be fine when the Eagles return off the bye week next Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Fewer chances on third down mean fewer sacks.

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.

The commitment to Jernigan was something the Eagles weren't willing to make to Bennie Logan, a defensive tackle who departed last offseason to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The deal is reported to be for $48 million, with $26 million in guarantees, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.

But don't mistake his importance to the defense or the team's NFL-best 8-1 mark.

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

One position he won't lose sleep over is his defensive line, which has terrorized opponents this year and should continue to do so for years to come.

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