It looks like New England Patriots are determined to add depth to the tight end position following Rob Gronkowski’s retirement. According to ESPN‘s Field Yates, Patriots have signed veteran TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins to a one year deal.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports that the 26-year-old signed on to a veteran’s minimum which will net him $790,000 in 2019. He also received $50,000 in signing bonus and could be in for $40,000 more in other bonuses.
Although New England still hasn’t made the move official, Seferian-Jenkins already revealed his next team on social media.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins looked like he is positioned to have an accomplished career in NFL after Tampa Bay Buccaneers took him 38th overall in 2014 draft. Things, however, didn’t turn out that way as Seferian-Jenkins struggled with inconsistency and injuries in his first three seasons with the Buccs. After Tampa Bay released him in 2016 following a drunken driving arrest, he signed with New York Jets.
In New York, Seferian-Jenkins managed to revive his career and had an eye-catching 2017 season in which he caught 50 passes for 357 yards and three touchdowns. This got him a two-year, $10 million deal with Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018, but he played only five games before being ruled out for the season due to core muscle injury.
Seferian-Jenkins’ career stats include 116 receptions for 1,160 yards and 11 touchdowns in 43 games played.