The Jacksonville Jaguars are signing tight end Tyler Eifert to a two-year contract worth $15.5 million, according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport. He re-joins his former Cincinnati Bengals OC Jay Gruden, as noted by NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero.
Eifert is coming off the first 16-game season of his seven-year NFL career. He caught 43 passes for 436 yards and three touchdowns. Prior to that, Eifert played 15 games his first season and 13 in his third season, but 14 combined between 2014 and 2016-2018. He looked ready to break out in 2015 when he caught 13 touchdown passes to go with 52 receptions and 615 receiving yards.
The Jaguars looked like they might have a decent tight end developing in James O’Shaughnessy before injury cut short his season. Through five games, O’Shaughnessy had 14 receptions for 153 yards and two touchdowns. He was on pace for career highs of 44 receptions 489 yards and six touchdowns. They weren’t monster numbers, but with a full season, he could be a solid complement to Eifert.
Eiefert finished the 2020 fantasy football season ranked 19th among PPR league tight ends and 21st among standard league tight ends. For most leagues that made him a bye week fill-in. Moving from Andy Dalton and Ryan Finley to Gardner Minshew is sort of a lateral move for the time being until we see if Minshew can take a step forward in year two. Eifert is not worth drafting in most leagues, but keep him on your radar.