Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke and tight end Evan Engram are both interested in contract extensions for tight ends.
According to Pro Football Talk, Baalke said at a press conference today that he is unlikely to spend as much money this offseason as he did last. But he is interested in regaining some key pieces set in free agency, particularly tight end Evan Engram.
“Of course I want Evan back,” said Bahlke. “Evan and I visited yesterday. He went around the building and visited with everyone. I think it’s mutual. It’s a matter of working with other free agents, there’s a list of them that you have to cut down one at a time.”
The Engram is nearing the end of its career year. His first-round pick from Mississippi looked like a bust when he was playing for the New York Giants, after which he signed a one-year certification deal with the Jaggs, making him the most had his best season. Engram set career highs in receptions (73) and yards (766).
He appeared in every game this season, catching 12 balls for 124 yards and also scoring one touchdown in two postseason games.
He had only four touchdowns that year. Engram had to contend with Christian Kirk and Zay Jones for a target.
Other notable Jaguars free agents include offensive tackle Jawan Taylor, wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. and pass rusher Arden Key.
It makes sense to have Marvin Jones Jr. free agency. But Jones Jr. is getting older. The latest addition, Calvin Ridley, will be back on the team next season. To make matters worse, Jones has gone lower on the depth charts, with Zay Jones surpassing him this year.
Quarterback Trevor Lawrence plans to have a weapon at his disposal next season. The Jaguars, if Engram and other key members re-sign, are Florida’s Sportsbooks and he will most likely be a favorite to win the AFC South.