The Philadelphia Eagles have found Timmy Jernigan’s replacement.
The Eagles signed defensive tackle Malik Jackson on Monday, according to a report by ESPN’s Josina Anderson.
Im told unrestricted free agent DT Malik Jackson is expected to sign with the #Eagles, per source.
— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 11, 2019
Adam Schefter is noting that the deal is for three years and $30 million.
Malik Jackson's deal in Philly is expected to be for three years, $30 million — an average of $10 million per year, per source. https://t.co/z6twxnRWlW
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2019
The move comes after the Eagles traded defensive end Michael Bennett on Friday and declined Jernigan’s $11 million option for 2019.
The 29-year-old Jackson, who signed a massive six-year, $85.5 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016, registered 6 1/2 sacks in 2016 and eight in 2017, but was relegated to a third-down pass rush role in 2018 after losing his starting job in November.
Jackson is an upgrade over Jernigan, especially when it comes to rushing the passer. Jackson and Fletcher Cox will be terrorizing backfields on third down in 2019.