New York Jets: Jeremy Kerley signing a one-year contract to return


Kerley spent his first five seasons in NY before heading to the San Francisco 49ers in 2016.

Free agent wide receiver Jeremy Kerley visited one of his former teams on Tuesday by checking in with the New York Jets, multiple outlets reported. Get used to seeing this guy in the green and white, because a certain wide receiver and punt returner is back for a second tour of duty. He was originally selected in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the New York Jets out of TCU. The team waived fullback Julian Howsare to clear room on the roster. After the season, the Jets released Kerley.

Kerley spent last season with the 49ers, catching a career-high 64 passes for 667 yards. The 49ers signed Kerley to a three-year, $10.5 million contract in March only to cut him last week.

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Concerned about their young receiving corps, the Jets have added two veterans in the past five days - Kerley and Jermaine Kearse, acquired from the Seattle Seahawks in the Sheldon Richardson trade.

Gailey retired this offseason, and the Jets replaced him with John Morton and a West Coast offense. He led NY in total receptions and receiving yards during his time with the team. New York's other receivers are Robby Anderson, Chad Hansen, Charone Peake, ArDarius Stewart, Damore'ea Stringfellow and Kalif Raymond. He returns to the Jets, where he played the first five years of his six-year career. He has fielded 155 punts for 1,408 yards, an average of 9.1 yards per return and one touchdown throughout his career.