Patriots to release TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins so he can tend to ‘personal issues’
The New England Patriots signed Austin Seferian-Jenkins earlier this offseason in hopes of adding some much-needed depth to the tight end position, but the veteran is not staying with the team.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Patriots are releasing Seferian-Jenkins so he can deal with “personal issues.”
The #Patriots are cutting TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, source said. He’s taking a step away for a month for personal issues and the team will release him as he does that. We’ll see if he comes back to New England or anywhere.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 4, 2019
It’s still possible that New England could bring Seferian-Jenkins back, but he will have missed a lot of the offseason program.
Seferian-Jenkins has had a disappointing NFL career since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers used the No. 38 overall pick on him back in 2014. He appeared in just five games for the Jacksonville Jaguars last season and caught 11 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown. While he wasn’t a huge signing for the Patriots, they are extremely thin at the tight end position in the wake of Rob Gronkowski’s retirement. It will be interesting to see how they address that going forward.