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  • Writer's pictureJames Johnson

Jags TE Evan Engram to miss voluntary OTAs after not signing franchise tender

The Jacksonville Jaguars started voluntary organized team activities on Monday, but one of their most productive offensive weapons didn't report. That player is tight end Evan Engram, to whom the team gave the franchise tender in early March.

The Jags' front office came into this offseason hoping to get a long-term deal done with Engram after he had a career year in catches (73) and receiving yardage (766). However, that didn't happen, and the team had to end up using the franchise tender on him to avoid letting him hit the open market.

Early last month, CBS Sports reporter Jonathan Jones reported that neither side was "particularly close" to a new deal, so it appears it will take some time to get a deal done. The good news is that they now have over $14.8 million available in cap space due to converting $6.24 million of Rayshawn Jenkins' 2023 salary into a signing bonus. Of course, some of that will have to go towards the Jags' rookie class, but they have more wiggle room than they once did.

If a deal gets done for Engram, it would be after the draft. Even with that being the case, they would have until mid-July to hammer something out.

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