Jaguars Pro-Bowl Tight End Is Returning For The 2023 Season

Evan Engram

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have decided to bring back tight end Evan Engram for the upcoming season. Engram is a pending free-agent, but the Jaguars plan to franchise tag him if a long-term deal cannot be reached, according to reporter Mia OBrien.

Engram was originally drafted by the New York Giants in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He played for the Giants for five seasons before joining the Jaguars as a free-agent in 2022 on a one-year deal. During his time with the Giants, Engram struggled with drops and injuries but still showed his talent as a pass-catching TE in 2020, when he was named to the Pro Bowl.

Engram Turned A Corner

During the 2022 season, Engram had a strong performance for the Jaguars. He caught 73 passes for 766 yards, which were both career highs, and he also scored four touchdowns. Engram’s skills as a pass-catcher were a valuable asset to the Jaguars, especially for their young quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

Future for Engram and the Jaguars

Engram’s return to the Jaguars for the upcoming season is a positive sign for the team and their fans. With Engram back in the fold, Lawrence will have a reliable weapon at tight end to target in the passing game. Additionally, the Jaguars will have some flexibility with Engram’s contract situation, as they can choose to franchise tag him if necessary.

Engram recently did say there’s mutual interest in him returning to the team so he should be okay if he does receive the tag.