Well, this is rather interesting. Michael Lombardi is a former NFL executive for such organizations as the Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, and Oakland Raiders. He is most closely affiliated with the New England Patriots heads coach Bill Belichick. For the last three seasons, he worked with the Patriots as the assistant to the coaching staff. Currently he works for Bill Simmons website, The Ringer.
Lombardi appeared on "The NFL Show" today, and during the conversation, he says that he has heard that the Baltimore Ravens have discussed possibly trading defensive linemen Timmy Jernigan after they resigned Brandon Williams. Jernigan is currently entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2017. Below is what Lombardi said:
"I hear they're talking about moving Jernigan. I think Jernigan is a fabulous player but they can't afford to sign him. If you're a team like Jacksonville, and you know you can afford him, why not give up a third- or fourth-round pick for Jernigan and get another defensive linemen and do it before free agency and keep the kid."
After the team resigned Williams to a 5-year, $52.5 million contract with $24.5 million guaranteed, it does make bringing back Jernigan much tougher, and when you look at Baltimore only having seven draft picks entering next month's NFL Draft, maybe trading Jernigan for an early to mid-round pick wouldn't be such a bad idea. Especially if Newsome is afraid of losing Jernigan if he has a great year next season, and he's only 24-years old.
Per OverTheCap.com, if the Ravens trade Jernigan, it would free up $1 million in cap space, while opening up $376,891 in dead money. Now, this is only one person's take, and this hasn't been reported by multiple media outlets. Lombardi has worked with Ozzie Newsome dating back to their days in Cleveland, so maybe this story does have legitimacy to it.
Either way, with the Ravens being more aggressive this offseason, and when you look at the fact that the team might give contract extensions to such players like C.J. Mosley in the near future, the situation with Baltimore's 2014 2nd round pick out of Florida State could be something to monitor.
What do you guys think about this? Would you want the Ravens to extend or trade Timmy Jernigan?