Johnson told NFL Network that Jernigan would get $ 1.25 million guaranteed in his deal.
The Texans had a vacant position on their defensive line after losing defensive tackle D.J. Free agency player. Reader agreed to a $ 53 million, four-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this month.
Acquired by the Philadelphia Eagles in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens in 2017, Jernigan teamed up with another defensive tackle Fletcher Cox to help propel a disruptive defensive line during this season, in which the Eagles won the Super Bowl.
He missed 13 games after surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back in 2018 and was limited to 10 games last season due to a foot injury.
The Ravens’ second-round pick in 2014, Jernigan, who turns 28 in September, has 17.5 sacks, 47 hits and 29 tackles for a loss in six seasons.
Tim McManus of ESPN contributed to this report.