The New York Jets have Re-Signed a “team” player. Wide receiver Percy Harvin, #11 for the Seattle Seahawks, made headlines earlier in the week after a surprise signing with the team but his future is otherwise uncertain. Not so for this #11.
Call him a Slot receiver, a Wide receiver, Mr. Dependable, call him what you will, but call him a New York Jet.
The New York Jets organization made their second big signing of the week. They Re-signed wide receiver Jeremy Kerley to a four year extension contract worth up to $16 million with $5.4 million in guarantees.
His best this year is against Chicago going with 7 receptions for 81 yards, an 11.6 avg.and one touchdown. Smith has not targeted him often this year.
Jeremy Kerley has been a Jets staple and perennial fan favorite. Some fans feared this second season under Geno Smith, without any hope of making the playoffs, might have him searching for answers with another NFL team in 2015.
Kerley was a receiving leader for the Jets in 2013, a season riddled with interceptions. Each week was a coin toss as the Jets literally had a roller coaster record of win one – lose up going into December.
Jeremy Kerley takes it personally. This is his team and he feels the highs and lows with his teammates and the fans.
He literally had to be consoled after the Jets lost to the New England patriots in a game in which the Jets gave their all.
Time of possession an astounding 41 minutes, 200+ yards of rushing … but a Thursday night where the national audience saw the Jets weaknesses at the cornerback and quarterback position. Three Times Tom Brady threw for a touchdown and four times the Jets had to kick field goals. A fifth, a 58 yard attempt to tie the game in the final moments, was blocked. It’s been that kind of year.
Kerley is a good receiver with solid hands, only 25 years old and cost effective. The extension gives him $5.4 million in guarantees. For 2014 his salary is $1.4 million and it’s the final year of his rookie contract, so this was the right time to lock him up.
Since the Marty Mornhinweg became aware that the Jets have effective tight ends, his playing time has decreased from 61.9 and 58.6 percent of snaps these last two games and now adding Percy Harvin to the Eric Decker, Jace Amaro, Jeff Cumberland mix it’s going to get interesting to see how the ball will be spread around. Finally, a good problem to have.
The Jets have other other player contracts to worry about as well. The one and two year contracts recent signed aside, this year’s “Soon to be free agents” include: OL- Willie Colon, RB- Bilal Powell, LB- David Harris (would be his third contract with the team). Then there is DE- Muhammad Wilkerson. After the 2015 Season he too may test the free agency market. But, Wilkerson has already expressed that he is not concerned as his agent and the Jets are already talking about the future.
The Jets now have each of Kerley, Harvin and Eric Decker signed through 2018. Gang Green is placing a premium on wideout after getting caught short at the position in 2013. Rotoworld.com Oct 21 – 2:41 PM”