Report: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins signs one-year deal with Patriots

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While he's not Rob Gronkowski's replacement, he should help add depth at the tight end position.

According to ESPN's Field Yates, the Patriots have signed tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins to a one-year deal. He was arguably the best veteran tight end left on the market, so it made some sense for the team.

Seferian-Jenkins, 26, has played for three teams in his five-year NFL career, most recently with the Jaguars last season where he played in just five games after being placed on injured reserve with a core-muscle injury. His best season came in 2017 with the Jets when he had 50 catches for 357 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games.

The Patriots tight end depth chart now has Seferian-Jenkins, Jacob Hollister, Stephen Anderson, Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo. It still would appear this is one of the biggest needs entering the NFL draft in a few weeks.

[UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.>: NFL Media's Tom Pelissero has the contract details.

The #Patriots gave TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins a $50K signing bonus on his one-year deal, source said. Another $40K in bonuses available later. It's a minimum salary benefit contract. He wanted to be a Patriot. Chance to produce and hit market again next year at age 27.

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 10, 2019