By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New England Patriots have signed free agent Austin Seferian-Jenkins on Wednesday. He has received a one-year deal.
The Patriots will attempt to use Seferian-Jenkins and other tight ends to replace Rob Gronkowski. He retired in the off-season after nine seasons with the team.
The former second-round draft pick won three Super Bowls in the nine seasons. In his final game with the team, Gronkowski helped the Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
The 26-year-old Fox Island, Washington native will be joining his fourth NFL team. He spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets, and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Seferian-Jenkins made five appearances, including five starts in 2018 with the Jaguars. He had 11 receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown.
He played the first five games of the season for the Jaguars. His best game of the season was three receptions for 25 yards in the season-opener against the New York Giants.
Seferian-Jenkins’ lone touchdown came against the New England Patriots in Week 2. He had three receptions for 23 yards in the game.
He signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Jaguars. But was placed on Injured Reserve on Oct. 9, 2018. The Jaguars saved $4.75 million by releasing Seferian-Jenkins towards the 2019 cap.
In his final season with the Patriots, Gronkowski made 13 appearances, including 11 starts. He had 47 receptions for 682 yards and three touchdowns.