It may not be on Austin Seferian-Jenkins' mind, but that doesn't mean he hasn't thought about it. He'll be a free agent come March. If he continues playing as he has, he'll be one of the more coveted prospects on the open market.

Of course, that's assuming he gets there. If the Jets' big-bodied tight end has his way, he won't be going anywhere.

"I would love to be here long term," Seferian-Jenkins told NJ Advance Media. "I love this place. I consider this home for me."

Loyalty in sports is different these days. The NFL is a cut-throat business. Upper management won't hesitate to let a player go the minute he shows any sign of a decline. So players chase as much money as they can, whenever they can.

But Seferian-Jenkins' relationship with the Jets is different. They took a chance on him when few others would. They gave him the means to turn his life into the one he's living now.

If it wasn't for this franchise, he says, there's no telling where he'd be.

Seferian-Jenkins, 25, was a second-round pick by the Buccaneers in 2014. He flashed as a rookie, but when offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter arrived a year later, things took a turn for the worse. The two never meshed. Koetter's coaching hurt Seferian-Jenkins more than it helped. He was, in his own words, "miserable." He turned to alcohol off the field to ease his frustrations on.