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Report: Austin Seferian-Jenkins turned down 2 year, $8 million offer from the Jets

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Calvin Watkins reports the Jets have had talks with free agent to be tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins about a new contract. Their offer was rejected.

One of the Jets’ free agents, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, has had contract talks with the team, a source said. The Jets offered him a two-year, $8-million deal and were rejected, but they will continue talks with his representatives. Seferian-Jenkins had career highs in receptions (50) and yards (357) and had three touchdown catches.

I think this might be a case where the discipline of the front office is tested. Seferian-Jenkins has value for the team on the right contract. A deal with a $4 million annual value is right at the upper limits of what I would call an acceptable contract. If we get into more money, we are talking definite overpay range.

This isn’t really a player who is a difference-maker. Sometimes you’d like to keep a player, but the player simply commands more money than it would be prudent to pay.