Jeremy Kerley was a strong addition to the San Francisco 49ers a year ago, as he led the team in receiving with 64 receptions for 667 yards and three touchdowns. He was expected to be a contributor to the team’s offense this season, but was a surprise cut. Now he’s joining the New York Jets on a one-year deal, according to multiple reports.
I’m glad to see Kerley is landing somewhere on his feet. I don’t think the 49ers cut him because they thought he couldn’t contribute. They had specific plans for the offense and could have gone forward with Kerley easily. He would have contributed and been a valuable addition to the offense.
But they went with the younger guys and gave Kerley a chance to find a new home elsewhere. Now he’s done that, joining the team that drafted him in 2011 and the only other NFL team he’s played for aside from the 49ers.
Kerley has played in 90 career games, with 246 catches for 2,892 yards. The Jets now have Kerley back, in addition to wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, who they acquired from the Seattle Seahawks via trade. I definitely wish him the best in New York.