Tim Jernigan walked into the locker room on Monday with a mouth full of gold teeth shining for all to see. It wasn’t a smile from the four-year, $48-million contract extension he signed days earlier. It was laughter caused by teasing teammates. Those teammates counted the millions – was it 48? Twenty-six guaranteed? They offered a bank for a deposit. They called him “BMT” for “Big Money Tim.” They wondered what he’ll do with the signing bonus. “That’s been all day, man!” Jernigan said. Jernigan caught the attention of teammates and Eagles fans when he signed his contract extension, earning the new deal after only nine games this season without statistics that rank among the top defensive tackles in the NFL. The Eagles are confident that a player who has only 1.5 sacks and has played only 52 percent of the defensive snaps this season is worth that type of contract. “His presence has been felt whenever he’s been out there,” defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said. That’s because Jernigan’s value cannot be measured by traditional numbers, and the Eagles view the 25-year-old they acquired from the Baltimore Ravens during the offseason as a building block at a position that remains an organizational priority. He fits next to Fletcher Cox, the team’s highest-paid player and the foundation of the defense. And he’s still acclimating to a scheme that they believe fits him.
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Philly.com | Nov 19