Houston Texans: Tim Jernigan carries risk but larger than life presence

Houston Texans defensive lineman Tim Jernigan (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)
Houston Texans defensive lineman Tim Jernigan (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans have signed veteran defensive lineman Tim Jernigan to a one-year deal to help with the line. What does he bring? Let’s take a look.

When you think the Houston Texans‘ work on the free agency front is done, they’ll turn around and do a 180-degree maneuver and announce a signing.  It may not necessarily be a marquee name but obviously the guy that they want to bring in is someone that could make a difference in helping the team win games.

It’s clear that’s their commitment despite trading away DeAndre Hopkins and as he Bill O’Brien said previously when he made the deal last month, he feels it’s in the best interest of the team.  He reiterated those thoughts during the season ticket holder town hall held yesterday afternoon.

A lot of season ticket holders should be upset about the whole ordeal and shouldn’t accept O’Brien’s answer as one that explains the reasoning behind the decision.  For Pete’s Sake, he doesn’t have to let us know about specific strategy but we all want to know what in the hell is going on over on Kirby Drive?

But, Houston Texans‘ nation continues to be left in the dark, with the franchise wanting us to just trust what they’re doing and shut our mouths.

I’ll rest my case for now on that notion and let’s get to the news of this defensive lineman that they signed.

The Houston Texans have come to terms with veteran Tim Jernigan and decided to sign him to a one-year, $3.75 million deal.  We’ve known that when the team signs guys to these types of deals, they’re in the “prove it” sense to where they like the guy but they want to see more.

The overtures of winning, having a talent surrounding them while being encompassed by a strong fanbase with world-class facilities with experienced staff are all the selling points that all free agents get in what I’d like to call the “O’Brien Treatment.”

But Jernigan brings a lot to the table with his six seasons of experience in the NFL, with the last three being with the Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens before then.  So he’s experienced in being able to be dominant on strong defenses — he’s also a Super Bowl champion — and he’ll be looking to contribute to help jolt this defense back to respectability.

Jernigan, 27, had just signed a four-year, $48 million extension with the Eagles back in 2017 but

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most of 2018 and parts of 2019 were marred with injury, causing his deal to be reworked.

This made him a free agent and now the Houston Texans will take a spin behind the wheel.  He’s solid pass-rusher in every sense, can get to the quarterback and helps minimize the run.

With the Houston Texans having to budget a bit with impending extensions coming to Laremy Tunsil and Deshaun Watson, they may be able to get their bang for the buck with this guy so we’ll have to see about that.

He also joins fellow former teammate Jaylen Watkins who spent time together while with the Eagles as well.  Watkins was just signed a few weeks ago.

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Let’s see how this pans out!

Jernigan accumulated 41 tackles — 25 solos — 4.5 sacks, three tackles-for-loss and three quarterback hits through 28 games — 27 starts — through his three seasons with the Eagles.