Lee is signing a one-year contract with New England, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. It's a pretty good landing spot for Lee, who was released by the Jaguars on Monday after playing only six games the past two seasons. The 2014 second-round pick was a late bloomer in Jacksonville, eventually emerging as a useful possession receiver in 2016 and 2017. He cashed in with a four-year, $34 million contract but then suffered an ACL tear during the 2018 preseason and entered 2019 at No. 4 on the Jags' WR depth chart. A shoulder injury forced Lee to injured reserve in late October, setting the stage for his offseason release. He'll now head to New England, where the wideout position appears shaky beyond top dog Julian Edelman.
The Jaguars released Lee (shoulder) on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Lee has been productive at times in his NFL career, combining for 119 catches, 1,553 yards and six touchdowns on 201 targets in 30 regular-season games between 2016 and 2017. Otherwise, he's made just 29 other appearances since he was selected by Jacksonville in the second round of the 2014 draft, missing the entire 2018 campaign due to a torn ACL and being limited to six outings last year due to a variety of concerns. Rapoport noted Lee is "fully healthy and completely cleared medically," but the 28-year-old wide receiver still will need to pass a physical before officially finding a new employer.
Lee (shoulder) likely will be released this offseason for salary cap reasons, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official website reports. Lee never had much chance to make good on his four-year, $34 contract, suffering an ACL tear in August 2018 and then dealing with knee, foot and shoulder injuries in 2019. The 28-year-old wide receiver won't be back in Jacksonville for 2020 unless he accepts a sizable pay cut.
Lee (shoulder) caught three passes for 18 yards in six games before being placed on injured reserve in October. The 28-year-old was limited in training camp as he continued his recovery from a torn ACL suffered the year prior. He was never able to get on track before landing on IR with the shoulder injury in late October. Lee agreed to a four-year, $34 million deal with the Jaguars in March 2018, but he's barely seen the field since signing the contract. He'll likely be a candidate to get released this offseason with the Jaguars hurting for cap space, since he would carry a dead cap hit of only $3.5 million in 2020 and $1.75 million in 2021.
The Jaguars placed Lee (shoulder) on injured reserve Tuesday, Mark Long of the Associated Press reports. Lee was in obvious pain when he left the field Sunday against the Jets, never to return. While the nature and severity of this injury is unknown, he may have played his last down of the season. If so, he'll end it with a miserable 3-18-0 line on four targets across six appearances.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/27||Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|4||10/04||@Kansas City Chiefs||4||16.68|
|7||10/25||San Francisco 49ers||11||18.68|
|9||11/10||@New York Jets||25||23.50|
|13||12/06||@Los Angeles Chargers||3||16.13|
|14||12/11||@Los Angeles Rams||14||19.63|
|17||01/03||New York Jets||25||23.50|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||33||20||240||1||14||12.00||30|