Jernigan, a former second-round pick, is only 24 years old and has 13 career sacks, was acquired for only a swap of the Eagles and Ravens’ third-round picks, dropping the Birds 25 spots in the round from pick 74 to 99.
It’s the latest a long line of smart, solid moves from General Manager Howie Roseman, who is in the midst of another impressive offseason.
It’s time really start giving Howie credit for the job that he’s done finding ways to improve the team. The Eagles began the new league year with one of the lowest amounts salary cap room available, and limited trade resources available. And yet Roseman has been able to significantly upgrade the roster with some savvy, low-risk moves that haven’t forced the team to part with any of their upcoming draft assets.
Roseman has overhauled the wide receiver, finding a way to land the most attractive name on the open market in Alshon Jeffrey on a team-friendly deal, and rather than overpaying for a Kenny Stills or DeSean Jackson, got the team a legitimate deep threat through the signing of Torrey Smith.
Roseman also enhanced the team’s offensive line by picking up the talented Chance Warmack, and surprised a lot of people by finding a way to resign Stefan Wisniewski, who proved himself to be a capable starting piece on the line last season.
The defense has also been addressed, with Chris Long bringing a strong veteran presence to the defensive line, and Patrick Robinson bolstering the depth at corner.
The one hit that the Eagles had taken over the winter was the loss of Bennie Logan, who the team just wasn’t able to resign. Although Logan had been a quality member of the team’s defense, it just wasn’t possible logistically for the team to get something done with him, leaving the team with a hole next to Fletcher Cox.
But now, Roseman has managed to fill that hole before the draft with the addition of Jernigan. Jernigan may only be a one-year rental, part of the reason the Ravens were willing to part with him was the fact that they weren’t likely to pay him after his contract runs out, but you can’t argue with the value that the Eagles get in this deal. They pick up a quality young player to replace Logan, keep a pick in the third round, and don’t part with any additional picks. That’s the kind of creative, outside of the box thinking that can really pay off for a team.
Howie Roseman is not without flaws, but he’s becoming one of the best GM’s in the league when it comes to making trades. Howie has developed an excellent feel for how to work out these deals, and plain and simple he’s becoming the type of GM that almost never loses a trade.
With the previous power struggles in the front office now a thing of the past, Roseman may finally be developing a stable atmosphere in the front office. There seems to be a good long-term plan in place, and with the draft still to come, there may be even more to celebrate and be excited about over this football team.