Evan Engram On New Deal: ‘The Jaguars Believed In Me’
Jacksonville tight end Evan Engram says he would have played for the Jaguars even if he was franchise tagged.
That was the smart decision, as the former Giants player revived his career during his first season in Jacksonville.
Evan Engram was indeed given the franchise tag, worth $11.3 million, at the start of the offseason. It took until Monday to sign a new three-year, $41.25 million deal to remain with the Jaguars.
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Evan Engram had 73 receptions for 766 yards and four touchdowns on the way towards the AFC South title. He then made his postseason debut with a seven catch (93 yards) and a score performance in Jacksonville’s wild-card win over the Chargers.
“From Day 1, I was on a mission to prove a lot to myself as a player,” Engram said.
“I wasn’t expecting the amount of support I got from the fan base and my coaches and the people here. Obviously, my family always has my back, but the love I have here means a lot and it helps me a lot. …
“Obviously the Jaguars believed in me. They wanted me here as much as I wanted to be here, so I’m blessed and really thankful we got something done.”
“Obviously the goal was to get a deal done,” Engram said on Monday. “I knew going into it I was ready to do either one — either play on the tag or get a deal done. The big thing was I wanted the security so I could go to work and come out and compete with those guys and have a little security for myself and my family.
“Everybody that was involved in getting it done, I’m very thankful.”