RUMORS: The Baltimore Ravens Could Trade Timmy Jernigan
Defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan could be on the trading block
After making a splash this offseason, the Baltimore Ravens might not been done making moves. NFL analyst Michael Lombardi talked about the possibility of the Ravens trading Timmy Jernigan. Here is what he had to say:
"I think Timmy Jernigan is the next guy,” Lombardi said. “Jernigan’s going to command a huge salary and is really one of their better defensive linemen. Does Ozzie Newsome want to trade him or does Ozzie Newsome feel like he can sign him? If he can’t get him signed, does he trade him for say a third- or fourth-round pick as opposed to waiting for the compensatory or does he just hold on to him and play him for one year."
The rumor definitely stirs up some talk. Jernigan is under contract for one more year and then will become a free agent. The Ravens have already made a trade, with center Jeremy Zuttah heading to the 49ers for a 6th round pick. Jernigan had an increased role this season and started in 15 games. He had a decent season, finishing with 31 tackles and 5 sacks.
Move Would Make Sense
If the Ravens choose to trade Jernigan, it would make sense. They just brought back Brandon Williams on a massive contract and he is here to stay. Bringing back Williams makes Jernigan expendable. But even with Jernigan gone, there is still depth on the line. Michael Pierce had a fantastic rookie season and is set to be a very good player. He graded out as the second best rookie defensive lineman last season according to Pro Football Focus.
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This move will ultimately depend on if Ozzie Newsome can find any value for Jernigan. It could be in the value of a player or draft picks. We know Ozzie always loves his draft picks. Even if the Ravens choose to keep Jernigan and he leaves in free agency next season it’s not the end of the world. They will ultimately receive a compensatory pick for him. In my opinion, I can see this move going either way. In the end, the Ravens have a lot of other needs to take care. Getting a player or draft pick would beneficial to the team.