The veteran defensive tackle posted on Instagram Tuesday that he wouldn't be going to Houston and appears now to be a free agent yet again, per ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported that Jernigan has been "cleared by Dr. Robert Watkins, though, and is expected to draw interest from other NFL teams after he and Texans moved on from each other."
The Texans had agreed to terms on a one-year, $3.75 million contract with Jernigan ($1.25 million guaranteed), though he never took a physical with the team, per Wilson.
Jernigan, 27, appeared in 10 games with the Philadelphia Eagles last season and made nine starts after a broken foot caused him to miss time early in the season. He registered 10 tackles (three for loss), two sacks and three quarterback hits.
A return to Philadelphia could make sense, even if the team is loaded at defensive tackle with Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave and Malik Jackson available. The Eagles like to utilize a deep defensive line rotation, however, and Jernigan's familiarity with defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's system could make him a logical target to return.
If not, there should be interest in the talented but injury-prone—he's missed 19 games the past two seasons—defensive tackle on the open market.