Former Jaguars tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has, once again, signed with a new team in a potential upgrade for his career. This after, Seferian-Jenkins, released last month in a salary cap month in Jacksonville, agreed to a one year contract with the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots.
Source: the Patriots have signed veteran TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins to a one-year deal. Great chance to be a factor in their passing game.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 10, 2019
It is reportedly a team friendly one year deal for the league minimum with incentives.
Seferian-Jenkins just completed the first of a two-year deal in Jacksonville having played only in five games before a core muscle injury sidelined him for the year and he was placed on IR. He had signed a two-year deal that included $4 million guaranteed last season. However, the Jaguars saved $4 million towards the cap for free agency this season by cutting him loose.
Seferian-Jenkins (above catching a TD vs. the Pats in September) is a former second-round pick of the Buccaneers in 2014, but never lived up to his potential while battling a back injury in his rookie year. And then, he had off-field issues, including a DUI arrest in Tampa during 2016 under new head coach Dirk Koetter.
He was released shortly thereafter, having played nine games and was picked up by the Jets.
Seferian-Jenkins had a 50 catch season with three touchdowns in New York in 2017. And, when the Jets elected to allow him to test free agency, Jacksonville jumped at the chance to bring him on board. They even released veteran Marcedes Lewis to clear cap space and playing time for Seferian-Jenkins.
Seferian-Jenkins’ stock appeared to be on the rise at that time, but he got injured and the Jaguars proceeded to unravel offensively becoming one of the worst offenses in the league, benching QB Blake Bortles and firing offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett mid-season.
Meanwhile, the Patriots are trying to re-tool at tight end after losing Dwayne Allen earlier to the Dolphins in Free Agency and having perennial Pro Bowl and possible Hall of Fame candidate tight end Rob Gronkowski retire last month after nine seasons.
Now, the question is: whether Seferian Jenkins, who is already on his fourth opportunity, will take advantage of playing for the best organization in football and live up to the potential?
You would have to think that he’s about out of chances.
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