Jags officially place franchise tag on Evan Engram
During the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine, it was revealed that the Jacksonville Jaguars would be placing the franchise tag on tight end Evan Engram, and on Monday, they made it official. The decision came as the league was nearing Tuesday's tag deadline, making him the fourth consecutive player the organization has used it on.
Dating back to the start of the offseason, the Jags' made it clear that they wanted to keep the former first-round pick, who accumulated 73 receptions for 766 yards and four touchdowns last season. His receiving yards total ranked fourth among tight ends, which is a strong indicator that he would've garnered a lot of interest on the open market.
Engram was a big-time contributor to the Jags' offense last season and played a significant role in the development of quarterback Trevor Lawrence. He also played a key role in the Jags going on a five-game win streak to finish the season, garnering 39 catches for 380 yards and two touchdowns.
The plan heading forward will be to get Engram a long-term deal, which is something that would benefit both sides. If the two sides can't decide on a long-term deal, Engram would earn a fully guaranteed salary of $11.345 million on a one-year deal.