The Jets have released WR Jeremy Kerley, the team announced.
Cutting Kerley will save $1.3 million, according to Manish Mehta.
Kerley had just 16 receptions last season for 152 yards and two touchdowns.
Over five years with the Jets, Kerley had 182 catches for 2,225 yards and nine touchdowns. His best season came in 2012, when he had 56 catches, 827 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
Kerley had one punt return for a touchdown, in 2012.
We've all been watching this one come down the pipe for a while and I'm surprised it hasn't happened before now. The extension of Jeremy Kerley was a classic John Idzik move. Drafted by Mike Tannenbaum but signed to his extension in October of 2014 by Idzik, the Kerley deal was a way to extend a receiver who Idzik believed could be a solid contributor to his offense over the long term at a very reasonable rate and burn some of the millions of dollars the Jets could have otherwise carried forward to 2015.
While cutting Kerley doesn't save the Jets all that much money, for the amount the team used him it was unecessary to keep him on the payroll for another season. Not particularly fast and not particularly big, Kerley was ill-suited to Chan Gailey's scheme which seemed to favor big receivers and that showed up in Kerley's utilization in 2015. In a season where the Jets ran four receiver sets as a matter of course, Kerley only saw two games where he played north of 50% of the snaps and only two more at more than 40 percent. Those games only came for Kerley because of injuries to other players.
With Kerley no longer on the roster, the Jets will need to find some players to fill in on special teams in the return game. The Jets will also expect more out of 2015 second round pick Devin Smith and bargain bin find Kenbrell Thompkins who had some moments at the end of the season.