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Jets should not re-sign Austin Seferian-Jenkins

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 26: Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins #88 of the New York Jets attempts to make a catch against cornerback James Bradberry #24 of the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on November 26, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The play was originally called a touchdown, but was reviewed, ruled as an incomplete pass and reversed. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 26: Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins #88 of the New York Jets attempts to make a catch against cornerback James Bradberry #24 of the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on November 26, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The play was originally called a touchdown, but was reviewed, ruled as an incomplete pass and reversed. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins had a nice comeback season. However, if he doesn’t want to take the current contract, the team shouldn’t keep pursuing him.

Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was one of the bright spots for the New York Jets last season as he racked up a solid 357 receiving yards and three touchdowns. For a team that doesn’t actively use the tight end in the passing game, those stats aren’t too bad. Seferian-Jenkins played a big role in 2017, but he was no superstar.

Back in January, Seferian-Jenkins turned down the Jets two-year contract offer worth $8 million. For what he did, that isn’t too bad of a contract. He was exactly what the team needed and nothing more, and that’s what that contract says.

If he thinks he’s worth franchise tight end money, then he needs to look for that somewhere else. The Jets already have somebody on the team who can do exactly what Seferian-Jenkins did last season, and his name is Jordan Leggett, who was drafted by the team in the fifth round in 2017.

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Leggett showed promise during his time at Clemson and he deserves his chance to show what he can do in the NFL. That would be a good move for the team because that way they don’t have to spend more money on another player they may not even need.

The bottom line is that if Seferian-Jenkins doesn’t like the current contract being offered, then the Jets needs to move on.

At the end of the day, he’s not a franchise player and the Jets can’t afford to overpay players who aren’t going to be difference makers. They have an opportunity to have a great season and they shouldn’t blow it by overpaying players just because they know the system. If he thinks he’s worth that money, then he can get it somewhere else.

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