The New England Patriots took a notable step to fill Rob Gronkowski's void Wednesday.
Tom E. Curran has confirmed that the Patriots have signed free-agent tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins to a one-year contract Wednesday. ESPN's Field Yates was the first to report the news.
Full contract details haven't been released yet, but it sounds like Seferian-Jenkins' deal is a relative bargain.
The #Patriots gave TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins a $50K signing bonus on his one-year deal, source said. Another $40K in bonuses available later. It's a minimum salary benefit contract. He wanted to be a Patriot. Chance to produce and hit market again next year at age 27.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 10, 2019
Seferian-Jenkins, 26, arguably was the most accomplished tight end left on the free agent market. He appeared in just five games for the Jacksonville Jaguars last season before heading to injured reserved but caught a career-high 50 passes for 357 yards and three touchdowns with the New York Jets in 2017.
With Gronkowski retired, Seferian-Jenkins joins Matt LaCosse, Jacob Hollister and Stephen Anderson in a tight end group that New England still may look to bolster in the 2019 NFL Draft.
UPDATE (2:25 p.m. ET): Seferian-Jenkins already posted about his signing Wednesday on Instagram and Twitter. (The Instagram post was his first on the platform.)
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