PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles have made an 11th-hour roster move just before tonight’s first round of the NFL Draft, signing defensive tackle Tim Jernigan to a one-year deal.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Jernigan was a free agent after the Eagles declined to pick up his option for the 2019 season. He missed almost the entire 2018 season with a back injury after signing a multi-year contract extension with Philly following a trade in 2017.
The back injury was initally feared to be career-ending, but Jernigan played 45 snaps for the Eagles after returning to the lineup for the last month of the regular season.
Jernigan rejoins a defensive line that features projected starters Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson and backup Treyvon Hester.
The Eagles are expected to further bolster the interior defensive line in this weekend’s draft.