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Jets sign Kerley to four-year extension

The Jets have signed Jeremy Kerley to a four-year extension, the team announced.

Kerley’s deal is worth $16 million, with $5.4 million guaranteed (Caplan, Oct. 21).

Over his career, Kerley has 1,865 yards receiving on 150 catches in 49 games (20 starts), with seven touchdowns through the air. Kerley averages 38.1 receiving yards per game. This season, Kerley has made 22 catches for 201 yards and one touchdown.

He also has one return touchdown, averaging 10.3 yards per return.

Kerley was a fifth-round pick of the Jets in 2011.

Brian Bassett,

Remember this past spring when the Jets were said to be interested in DeSean Jackson?

In an attempt to tamp down the Jackson Mania that was sweeping fans, a source inside the organization said this to Kristian Dyer at Metro to slow the roll on anyone envisioning DeSean Jackson playing in New York:

“The team has shown great discipline this offseason, despite having plenty of cap space,” the source said. “This is done with some big contracts due down the road — players such as [Muhammad] Wilkerson and Jeremy Kerley, among others.

If we can trust the Metro source (which it seems we can), then Jeremy Kerley was early on the team’s roadmap of renewals for deals dating back in the spring.

Adding Harvin certainly gave the team and Kerley more incentive to do a deal and we think the Jets have kept a good receiver in Kerley who is a team player, wants to build this team up in New York and who can help the Jets regardless as to whether Harvin is here or gets cut in the next 18 months.

Kerley has demonstrated that he can be comfortable playing as a flanking receiver and that will allow the Jets to move Decker, Kerley and Harvin around the formation.

Removing David Nelson from the team left a lot of snaps to be soaked up by the newcomer Percy Harvin (obviously) along with Jeremy Kerley and Jace Amaro.  There’s enough room for this now revamped receivers corps to play plenty of snaps alongside Eric Decker.


Harvin knows he has flaws

“I’m definitely not a perfect person,” new Jets WR Percy Harvin said on Monday.

Harvin’s character flaws have been well covered since he was dealt to the Jets over the weekend. He’s well aware of the coverage.

“I have a lot of things that I wish I could have done a little differently. But I’m moving forward. I’m learning from those lessons,” he said. “I’m happy to be here right now and looking to make the most out of it.”

Harvin could be a big move for the Jets, GM John Idzik said on Monday.

“I look at it as this could be a potential coup for the New York Jets,” Idzik said.

Harvin was shocked by the trade, his second in two years. He addressed the rumors from his former teammates: “The way I go about my business is by keeping everything in-house, but for whatever reason, they decided to unleash things,” Harvin said. “Some things did happen. That’s in the past. We’ve moved forward and I’ve talked to Golden [Tate] and Doug [Baldwin]. We’ve all moved forward from it. I’m here now and I’m moving on.”

Harvin is doing his best to look to the future with the Jets in New York, instead of his past.

“It’s definitely a place I want to be for a long time,” Harvin said. “I’m here, I’m glad I’m here and I’m going to make the most of the opportunity.”

Brian Bassett,

It is good that Harvin realizes that highly talented team players don’t get traded twice in two years and is willing to admit that he’s made mistakes.

As far as big-money contracts go, Harvin might be on his last stop with the Jets.  Should Harvin hit the free agent market, it is likely that he will get a decent payday, but I highly doubt it will be in the $10 million per year range like it is now for him.

Hopefully a fresh start with a team desperate to add offensive talent and a coach who does a good job in relating with his players will be the right recipe for the Jets and Harvin.

But if it isn’t, the Jets don’t have to worry about moving on due to the cap-friendly pay as you go deal that they inherited through the trade with Seattle.

Jets host workouts…

Brian Bassett,

The Jets might just be updating their information on the players, but there’s no names there that strike me as players that would make a major impact for the team this season.  Fiametta is a player that has played with the Cowboys, Patriots, Panthers and Bears.

GEICO SportsNite: Welcome Percy

Percy Harvin, Rex Ryan, John Idzik, and Geno Smith talk about Harvin’s arrival to the Jets and how he can fit in with the team.