Austin Seferian-Jenkins era may be over for Jets at tight end
The Jets may be looking for a new tight end.
A source said Austin Seferian-Jenkins is likely leaving as a free agent. The Jets and Seferian-Jenkins have been negotiating since before the end of last season, but remain far apart on a deal. The Jets have offered him $4 million a season. Judging from the current tight-end market, though, Seferian-Jenkins likely can get somewhere around $6 million-$7 million a year.
Even before Monday, the Jets were sandwiched between teams that are desperate for a young franchise quarterback — the Browns (Nos. 1 and 4), Giants (No. 2) and Broncos (No. 5) in front of them and the Dolphins (No. 11) and Cardinals (No. 15) behind.
Plan B for the Jets shrank Tuesday morning with the report that Case Keenum is targeting Denver as his next home. So now Maccagnan would be choosing between Josh McCown, A.J. McCarron and Teddy Bridgewater as a bridge quarterback, and drafting whichever quarterback is left for them … if there are any left for them.
The Jets love McCown, who would be the ideal mentor to the Quarterback of the Future. Keenum, who had the right temperament for New York, would have been more costly, because he is a better quarterback.
Crowley recalled how Manziel, now 25, was in a good place after rehab. He bought her a French bulldog, Ollie, and the two were Netflix and chillin’ every night, cooking dinner. We were homebodies.
But the honeymoon didn’t last long. Manziel’s fight to take over the starting quarterback spot took a toll on the young athlete, Crowley said. After starting in three of the first six games, Manziel went back-and-forth with Josh McCown between the No. 1 and backup positions throughout the season.
Keenum came out of nowhere last season to lead the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game after taking over for Sam Bradford, who was lost for the season with a knee injury, in Week 2.
Keenum went 11-3 as Minnesota’s starting quarterback, and threw for 3,547 yards, 22 touchdowns and just seven interceptions.
Keenum cannot officially sign until 4 p.m. Wednesday.