Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins had his career revitalized this season, which is why he wants to stay with the team that gave him his second chance.
The Jets took a shot on Seferian-Jenkins, who was caught up in off-the-field drama before he joined the team. He repayed them with his best year in the NFL, and he wants to continue being an asset in their offensive scheme. He is currently a restricted free agent with the Jets being the only team allowed to negotiate his terms.
Seferian-Jenkins is hoping he gets a deal done with the Jets, and doesn't have to start contacting other teams.
"Absolutely. Hopefully it never even gets to free agency," Seferian-Jenkins told SNY's Jonas Schwartz on Daily News Live. "The Jets have exclusive rights negotiating with me right now before March 10. Hopefully we get a deal done and I'll be back."
As for what plays into wanting to come back to the Jets, Seferian-Jenkins added: "You know, everything Mike Maccagnan, Todd Bowles, John Morton, Jimmy Johnson, all my teammates have done for me, I have to take that into account. It would mean a lot to me to stay here. I want to be here. I really love it here, I love the city, I love the people."
Seferian-Jenkins' stats on the field should be a major factor in the Jets potentially re-signing him for the 2018 season. He notched a career-high in yards (357), receptions (50), and games played (13), while also tallying three touchdowns.
It was a statement year for the 25-year-old, and he gave it his all to show that his time in the league is far from over.
"I treated this season as my rookie year and redemption is a good word because I felt like I left a lot out there before I got to the Jets," he said. "This year I wanted to do everything I could to empty the tank. You know, this was a good start for me, but there's a lot more to come."
The Jets have already shelled out new contract extensions to head coach Todd Bowles and GM Mike Maccagnan, and Seferian-Jenkins believe they deserved it.
"I was really, really happy. I mean, Todd and Mike are phenomenal GM and coach," Seferian-Jenkins said. "They go really well together. They got a plan and it's going to be a really exciting future."
As for if they are building something good in New York, ASJ added: "Absolutely and I think most people can feel that too. You know, with the core, young talent we have on defense and offense and add a couple more pieces, I mean we're right there in contention."
The couple pieces he speaks of could be the Jets' draft picks this coming April. Many have predicted the team taking a chance on yet another quarterback prospect. However, Seferian-Jenkins thinks there is a quarterback already on the team that can make an impact despite never playing a regular season game.
"I'm looking forward to [Christian] Hackenberg getting a shot somewhere whether it be here or anywhere," he said. "The guy works really hard, he has all the intanglibles. He's there at 5 a.m., he leaves late. He's a true pro. He doesn't have a pouty attitude or anything like that. He's ready to go. When he has the opportunity, I really believe he's going to do really well with it."
For now, Seferian-Jenkins is worrying about re-signing with the Jets before he figures out who will be throwing the ball to him next season. As he continues negotiations, he said he will enjoy being "like everyone else" as he drinks in New York City this offseason.