Eagles sign defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan to four-year extension

Timmy Jernigan, pictured here as a member of the Baltimore Ravens, was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in the off-season. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Philadelphia Eagles have signed defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan to a four-year extension, the team announced on Thursday.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the deal is worth $48 million with $26 million guaranteed.

Jernigan was acquired by the Eagles from the Baltimore Ravens in an off-season trade, and has been a crucial part of the team’s dominant play along the defensive line. The 25-year-old has racked up 17 tackles and 1.5 sacks in nine games this season, helping solidify a Philadelphia defence that ranks No. 1 against the run and No. 11 in yards allowed.

The Eagles are off to an NFL-best 8-1 start, and will not play this weekend due to a bye.