The San Francisco 49ers just announced they’ve re-signed their best receiver from 2016 — Jeremy Kerley. The deal is worth $10.5 million, according to Adam Schefter.
Kerley is only 27-years old and he made a career-high 64 catches last season. He is a quality player and he’s getting better. This is a good signing.
Here is statement from 49ers GM John Lynch: “We are very excited to be able to keep a player and teammate like Jeremy in red and gold. As we evaluated the roster, his production on the field really impressed us and we believe he is a great fit for our scheme. As we learned more and more about him, it became obvious his teammates have a great deal of respect for Jeremy as well. He is a true pro who is an asset to this team on offense, special teams and in the locker room.”
Lynch mentioned Kerley fits Kyle Shanahan’s offensive scheme, and that’s true. Kerley is a slot receiver who is similar athletically to the receiver Shanahan used in the slot last season with the Falcons — Justin Hardy. Check out the comparison:
Kerley: 5’9″, 188 lbs., 4.56 40-yard dash, 3.99 20-yard shuttle, 6.70 3-cone drill, 37.5-inch vertical leap.
Hardy: 5’10”, 192 lbs., 4.56 40-yard dash, 4.21 20-yard shuttle, 6.63 3-cone drill, 36.5-inch vertical leap.
Kerley will be the 49ers’ starting slot receiver next season while Torrey Smith will be the starting split end. Who do you think will be the starting flanker? That player most likely isn’t yet on the 49ers roster.