With free agency now in the distant past as NFL teams hold minicamps and OTAs, former Washington Husky tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is once again a free agent after being released by the New England Patriots on Tuesday. His release from the Pats marks the third time in the past fifteen months that he has been a free agent, and came less than eight weeks after he signed with New England on April 10. The reason behind the release is that ASJ is reportedly stepping away from football for a month to work through some personal issues.
Source confirms that the Patriots are releasing Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Source says his plan is to take a month away from football to work on some personal issues. He hope is to return to football in July.— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) June 4, 2019
There have been no reports regarding the specifics of what the personal issues he is working through at this time are, or if they are in any way related to the well known off field issues he has battled in the past. In any case, the highly athletic former second round pick has battled injuries for the duration of his career, only appearing in more than ten games once. The eleven games missed during the 2018 season brought his career total of games missed to 37, and while he is still young enough to have potential upside, with his 27th birthday coming in the fall, he may be running out of opportunities.
As noted in the tweet, his hope is to return to football for the 2019 season, so it could be a situation where a team needing to replace a tight end injured in camp or the preseason could scoop him up. Otherwise, there may not be much of a market for his services. His contract with the Pats was for league minimum with a $50,000 signing bonus, which was far short of the two-year, $10M contract he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018.
In any case, should the Seattle Seahawks bring ASJ in for a workout or sign him to a minimal contract once he does make his return to football? If you answer yes, who should the team release in order to make space for him on the roster?
Should the Seahawks sign Austin Seferian-Jenkins?
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