Lewis held the starting job in Jacksonville from 2007 to 2017, with his value as a blocker making up for receiving yardage totals below 400 each of the past five years. The decision to release the 33-year-old suggests Jacksonville may envision a three-down role for Seferian-Jenkins, one of the few tight ends in the league who comes close to matching Lewis in size. Should that ultimately be the case, Seferian-Jenkins could turn out to be a steal on his two-year, $10 million contract, a deal that puts him 22nd among tight ends in average annual value, per OverTheCap. The 2014 second-round pick had ugly marks of 7.1 yards per catch and 4.8 yards per target in 13 games with the Jets last season, but he should be more efficient upon moving to a better team, especially given the likelihood that he gets more looks downfield. It remains to be seen if ASJ will lose any snaps to Ben Koyack, James O'Shaughnessy or Niles Paul, the latter of whom also was signed last week.
Seferian-Jenkins -- whose two-year deal is worth up to $11 million -- is coming off a 2017 season that saw him post a career-high 50 catches for 357 yards and three TDS in 13 games for the Jets. Veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis is still around and the Jaguars also signed Niles Paul, but Seferian-Jenkins presumably will serve as the team's top pass-catching option at the position this season. His fantasy upside is thus tied to the performance of starting QB Blake Bortles, whose passing stats have regressed in each of the past two seasons.
Seferian-Jenkins is scheduled to make his first free-agent visit with the Seahawks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
With Jimmy Graham departing for Green Bay and Luke Willson unsigned, the Seahawks have a glaring need at tight end, where blocking specialist Nick Vannett (back) and converted quarterback Tyrone Swoopes are the only players on the roster as free agency begins. A 2014 second-round pick, Seferian-Jenkins failed in Tampa Bay while dealing with off-field issues and disagreements with coaches, but reemerged as a useful dump-off target for the Jets last season, catching 50 of 74 passes for 357 yards and three scores. His marks of 7.1 yards per catch and 4.8 yards per target were among the worst in the league for a tight end or wideout, but they were largely reflective of how he was used by the Jets. Seferian-Jenkins likely would get more downfield chances in Seattle, where Graham averaged 4.0 catches for 47.6 yards per game with 18 touchdowns in 43 appearances the past three seasons. Seferian-Jenkins is only 25 years old, and he's already in the Seattle area to work out near his alma mater, the University of Washington.
Seferian-Jenkins resurrected his NFL career in 2017 after a disastrous tenure with the Buccaneers, ultimately finishing the season with 50 receptions for 357 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games. His final stat line isn't entirely indicative of his effectiveness as he had multiple catches called back due to questionable penalties, but he nonetheless proved he can still be an effective offensive weapon when given the opportunity. The Falcons and Seahawks are rumored to be the two teams with the most interest in signing the 2014 second-rounder.
Seferian-Jenkins finished the 2017 season with 50 catches on 74 targets for 357 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games.
While the total production wasn't overly impressive, Seferian-Jenkins had one of the better offensive seasons for a Jets tight end in recent memory. In fact, he had multiple touchdowns overturned this season due to questionable calls (or questionable NFL rules), which would have obviously boosted his total production. That said, he was never used much as a high-volume receiver, and it's unlikely to happen if he returns next year. The unrestricted free agent has indicated that he would like to come back, though he's apparently already turned down a two-year, $8 million contract offer.
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||9||21||221||10.5||30||2||3||0||12|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||3||21||338||16.1||43||4||7||2||18|
|2016||New York Jets||7||2||10||110||11.0||19||0||0||0||7|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2||0||3||44||14.7||30||1||1||0||2|
|2017||New York Jets||13||10||50||357||7.1||28||3||2||0||18|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||New York Jets||7||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||New York Jets||13||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||New York Jets||7||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||New York Jets||13||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|