The Jaguars are expected to decline the team option for Eifert's contract in 2021, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Eifert was expected to earn slightly below $5 million in 2021, but now it looks like he will be entering free agency. He recorded 349 yards and two touchdowns across 15 games for Jacksonville in 2020. It was the 30-year-old's only season with the Jags after spending his first seven years in Cincinatti.
Eifert caught one of two targets for 10 yards during Sunday's 28-14 loss to Indianapolis. It was a quiet finish to an underwhelming season for the 30-year-old, and he totaled 36 catches for 349 yards and two touchdowns in 15 games. The fact Eifert missed only one game is good news given his injury history, but it didn't lead to much production with the Jags. He could return to Jacksonville if the team exercises his $5 million club option for 2021, but the new front office and coaching staff may decide to go in a different direction.
Eifert caught two of five targets for 17 yards during Sunday's 41-17 loss to the Bears. The 30-year-old tied for second on the team in targets, but he was unable to turn that production into anything worthwhile. There's simply no week-to-week consistency in Eifert's production, and he hasn't eclipsed 30 receiving yards in back-to-back games this season.
Eifert caught three of four targets for 51 yards during Sunday's 40-14 loss to the Ravens. It's the first time this season Eifert has gone over 50 receiving yards, with a 28-yard reception late in the third quarter accounting for most of the yardage. Even with Jacksonville trailing all afternoon and down 26-0 at halftime, the production in the aerial attack was modest. Eifert has 33 receptions for 322 yards and two touchdowns through 12 games, so his fantasy prospects remain limited heading into Week 16.
Eifert (quadriceps/knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game at Baltimore. The 30-year-old never practiced fully at any point this week due to the two injuries, but neither will affect his availability for the game versus the Ravens. Though he's been Jacksonville's No. 1 tight end all season, Eifert has turned in a modest 30 receptions for 271 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|11||11/21||San Francisco 49ers||27||10.00|
|13||12/05||@Los Angeles Rams||17||7.00|
|16||12/26||@New York Jets||10||4.00|
|17||01/02||@New England Patriots||2||1.00|
|3 Year Avg||47||31||321||2||19||10.35||44|