Former Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert is close to inking a new deal with a team from the AFC South.
Eifert had one of his best seasons in the NFL yet last year with the Cincinnati Bengals, catching 43 passes for 436 yards and three touchdowns. It was also the first season in his NFL career that he was able to play all 16 games.
After a big year in which he improved his free-agency stock, Eifert is getting closer to a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport.
The Jaguars lacked a capable tight end last season, and it drastically hurt their offensive production. Jacksonville and Eifert appear to be getting closer to finalizing a deal:
The #Jaguars and former #Bengals first-round TE Tyler Eifert are working diligently towards closing a deal, source said. If completed, it would be another free agent move in Jax to fill a spot that plagued them last year — and one that coach Doug Marrone really wanted.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 24, 2020
Eifert has spent his first seven years in the NFL with Cincinnati. The former first-round NFL Draft pick has dealt with multiple injuries, though, which would hurt most player’s progress in the league.
But the former Notre Dame tight end seems to be progressing just fine after a solid showing in 2019. He could be in line for a major role within the Jacksonville offense – an offense which lacks offensive play-makers and needs a refresh.
If the deal gets finalized, Eifert will have a much-needed fresh start with the Jaguars.