Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported that defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan would not be joining the Houston Texans. This is noteworthy because about two months ago, it was reported that Jernigan agreed to a one year, $3.75 million contract with Houston. However, nothing was signed, and Jernigan was suspiciously missing from the team’s official transactions and roster updates throughout the offseason. Then tonight, Jernigan posted the following on his Instagram story.
Timmy Jernigan via IG. Everson Griffin Me please pic.twitter.com/rkP6joS9QW— 3rd Coast Sports Head (@mccauley713) June 3, 2020
It’s said that Jernigan never passed his physical, so the deal with the Texans was never finalized. It’s unfortunate for the team, as this deal hung in limbo for quite a while. Here’s wishing Timmy Jernigan all the best in his pursuit of a new team.
Now that the Texans have been left at the altar, the search for a replacement begins. One popular name that comes to mind is Damon Harrison. The artist usually known as Mike Bullock wrote up a nice article on Harrison potentially replacing Jernigan if Jernigan’s deal fell through. Harrison is four years older than Jernigan, but there is a good history of production there.
There are other aging veterans still left on the market, such as Brandon Mebane, Marcell Dareus, Mike Daniels, and Domata Peko. If the Texans decided to keep the cap savings they got when the Jernigan deal went south, we could see Ross Blacklock become a much larger part of the 2020 defense than previously anticipated.