Connor Hughes reports the Jets are not budging on their two year, $8 million offer to tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who will officially become a free agent on Wednesday if the two sides do not work out a deal.
The #Jets haven’t budged from their 2-year, $8m offer to Austin Seferian-Jenkins, which was put on the table before season ended.— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) March 12, 2018
Still interest on both sides to get something done, but sounds like he’ll hit free agency.
Risky move for NYJ. Seferian-Jenkins will be coveted.
In turn, a number of teams are showing a degree of interest in the tight end.
Hearing the #Jets are still interested in re-signing Mo Claiborne, Demario Davis, Chandler Catanzaro, Ben Ijalana and Mike Pennel ... if the price is right. Appears that Austin Seferian-Jenkins will hit the market. Seahawks, Falcons reportedly interested.— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) March 12, 2018
#Seahawks will have competition if they want to sign hometown TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Source tells me Bears, Jaguars, Colts also interested in former #UWHuskies, Gig Harbor HS star in free agency https://t.co/eljaJmotSk @thenewstribune— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) March 12, 2018
The Saints are also expected to have some interest in TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins as well. So they’re checking on multiple TEs.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 12, 2018
While plenty of teams seem to have some level of interest, it isn’t clear which clubs are willing to exceed the Jets’ offer.
In any event, I am inclined to agree with the way the Jets are handling things at the moment. Seferian-Jenkins had the best season of his career in 2017, but he made a relatively low impact, registering only 350 receiving yards. A deal in the $4 million annual range seems more than fair.
The Jets haven’t been great at setting a firm price for players in free agency over the last few years. This might be the first step forward.