The Jets traded for Percy Harvin last week, but on Tuesday they did right by one of their rising stars with a four-year contract extension for Jeremy Kerley.
Now in his fourth year in the league, the former fifth-round pick has stepped into a prominent role for the team the last two seasons in particular. He has 259 career receptions and is averaging 12.1 yards per reception.
ESPN reports the deal is for $15 million, but only $5.2 million are guaranteed.
"This is the place I call home, so I’ve been feeling good since I’ve been here,” Kerley said Wednesday. “To get the deal done here, it’s a great thing for me and my family, like I said. I didn’t really think about free agency. It was just how I felt.”
Kerley has also been effective for the Jets in keeping drive alive with four receptions on third downs this year.
Last season, Kerley led the Jets in receptions (43), receiving yards (523), yards per game (43.6) and receiving first downs (30).
“It’s been back and forth for a little while. But I’m glad that it got done in the time that it got done,” Kerley said. “It feels good to be here for hopefully another four years.”
The team locked up wide receiver Eric Decker with a big free agent contract this offseason.
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