Timmy Jernigan signs with Houston

Despite team facilities being closed, NFL Free Agency is in full swing. While Jameis Winston is still waiting for his next opportunity, another former ‘Nole got the call on Wednesday. The Houston Texans are signing former Florida State defensive tackle and 2013 national champion Timmy Jernigan to a one-year deal.

Entering his seventh year in the NFL, Houston will be the third stop of Jernigan’s career. He spent the first three years of his career with Baltimore before being traded to Philadelphia, where he’s spent the last three years. Jernigan’s struggled a bit lately. The Florida native played in just five games in 2018 due to a herniated disc in his back. In 2019, Jernigan missed six games due to an early-season foot injury.

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This one-year deal, with just $1.25M guaranteed, is a prove-it contract. Jernigan has to prove to teams that can he stay healthy and still be a productive player. He’s totaled just three sacks (including postseason games) over the last two seasons.

In Houston, Jernigan joins a deep defensive line where he’ll be expected to provide a run-stuffing presence in the middle.

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