Eagles defensive tackle Tim Jernigan says he is only looking forward after a miserable 2018 season according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.com.
“I’d rather not look back on that situation. It is what it is. It’s over,” Jernigan said, via the team’s website. “My focus is on what’s going on now. I’m just excited about what we’ve got going on here.”
Jernigan took a pay cut to return to the Eagles this season-a drastic pay cut that likely would not have been necessary if he could have stayed healthy in 2018. A back injury kept Jernigan out of the first 10 games of the season and he then missed three more after making his 2018 debut in Week 12. The Eagles opted not to pick up his $11 million contract option early in the offseason and he wound up signing back for a base salary of $1.25 million.
The 26-year-old can bump that compensation up significantly with per-game roster bonuses and other incentives, which gives him all the more reason to focus on the future. And if he can return to his 2017 form, Jernigan will likely cash in during free agency next spring.
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