New York Jets Sign WR Jeremy Kerley To A One-Year Deal 2
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 14: Jeremy Kerley #11 of the New York Jets runs the ball in the third quarter of a game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 14, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Jets defeated the Titans 16-11. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

The New York Jets are reuniting with an old friend. Veteran wide receiver Jeremy Kerley is coming home.

After trading for Jermaine Kearse last week, the New York Jets continue to add to their receiving corps. The team announced Tuesday that they’ve signed free agent receiver Jeremy Kerley.

The 28-year-old returns to the Jets after spending just one season away from the organization with the San Francisco 49ers.


A fifth-round pick by the Jets in 2011, Kerley was both a productive offensive and special teams weapon. Over his five seasons with Gang Green, he caught 182 passes for 2,225 yards and nine touchdowns while also serving as the team’s primary punt returner.

However, the end of Kerley’s first run with the Jets didn’t end on a good note. When Chan Gailey took over as the team’s offensive coordinator before the 2015 season, Kerley suffered. He found himself as an odd-man out in the Jets’ offense, as he posted career-lows in receptions (16) and receiving yards (152). He was released after the season.

Looking to rejuvenate his career, Kerley signed with the 49ers. He was productive, hauling in 64 catches for 667 yards. Kerley signed a three-year extension during the offseason but was ultimately released as the rebuilding club decided he was no longer a fit.

Bringing Kerley back makes sense for the Jets. They needed more depth and experience at receiver, and he can potentially still help the team returning punts.

With a new offensive coordinator in John Morton, it will be interesting to see how Kerley fits into the team’s offensive scheme. If he can rekindle his past success, this could wind up being one of the best moves of general manager Mike Maccagnan’s reign.

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Nick Delahanty is a aspiring sports journalist who covers the New York Jets for ESNY. Along with writing for ESNY, Nick is also a contributor for Bronx Pinstripes, a YES Network affiliate, Hardball Scoop and Thunderous Intentions. He is also a member of the IBWAA.