TE Seferian-Jenkins signs with Patriots

Field Level Media

April 10, 2019 at 9:28 pm.

Free agent tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has signed a contract with the New England Patriots, the team announced.

Terms were not announced, but ESPN’s Field Yates reported it is a one-year deal.

The team also confirmed the re-signing of kicker Stephen Gostkowski.

A second-round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014, Seferian-Jenkins signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars before the 2018 season, but the Jaguars declined his $6.29 million option for 2019.

Last season, he had 11 catches for 90 yards and a touchdown in five games before being placed on injured reserve with a core muscle injury.

In five seasons with the Jaguars, Buccaneers and New York Jets, he played in 43 games (29 starts) and has 116 receptions for 1,160 yards with 11 touchdowns.

With the retirement of Rob Gronkowski, Seferian-Jenkins, 26, could have a chance to make an impact for the Patriots.

The 35-year-old Gostkowski has been the club’s kicker since 2006. He replaced Adam Vinatieri, who had departed to the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent.

Gostkowski, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, has made 367 of 420 field-goal attempts during 13 seasons with New England. He was 27 of 32 last season.

Yates also reported that the Patriots brought in wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and running back T.J. Yeldon for free agent visits Wednesday, citing a source.

Thomas spent eight-plus seasons with the Denver Broncos before being traded to Houston in the middle of last season. He has 688 career receptions for 9,330 yards and 62 touchdowns.

Thomas, 31, tore his left Achilles in Week 16 last season.

Yeldon, 25, has spent his four-year NFL career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, starting 30 of 51 games and rushing 465 times for 1,872 yards and six touchdowns. He also has 171 receptions for 1,302 yards and six scores.