The Jets and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins will continue contract negotiations after the 25-year-old tight end reportedly rejected a two-year, $8 million deal, according to Newsday's Calvin Watkins.
Seferian-Jenkins said he hopes he and New York could reach a deal before he hits free agency and would "absolutely" want to return.
"It would mean a lot to me to stay here,"Seferian-Jenkins told SNY's Jonas Schwartz on Daily News Live. "I want to be here. I really love it here, I love the city, I love the people."
Seferian-Jenkins was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season after he was arrested for a DUI. He later signed with New York and played in seven games for the Jets last season.
Prior to the 2017 season, he was suspended two games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, but the Jets opted to keep him on the roster, and the former second-round pick caught 50 passes for 357 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games.
A restricted free agent, Seferian-Jenkins can negotiate only with the Jets before free agency begins in March.