Jeremy Kerley is staying in San Francisco. The 28-year-old wide receiver has agreed to a three-year deal worth $10.5 million that will keep him in a 49ers uniform through the 2019 season.
“It feels good – like a weight lifted off my shoulders,” Kerley said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “It was an exciting situation. For the most part, I was just looking to try to land somewhere where I could be comfortable. But the whole time in the back of my head, I’m thinking I want to come back to San Fran. I didn’t want to leave San Francisco in the first place, so I am glad we got the deal done, glad it’s out the way, glad I got three more years back in the Bay Area. It’s all good.”
In 2016, Kerley led the 49ers with 64 catches and 667 yards. He was also the team’s primary punt returner.
Kerley spent the first five years of his career with the Jets before landing in Detroit in March 2016. He was traded to the 49ers just five months later.
“I knew I was going to go on somebody’s team and make a big impact,” Kerley said. “ Whenever the trade happened (August 2016), I just kind of fell into a blessed place, right into Chip Kelly’s offense. It all kind of worked out.”
Kerley picked up Kelly’s system quickly and hopes to do the same for Kyle Shanahan, who is also known for prolific offenses.
“I haven’t had a chance to talk to him yet,” Kerley said. “I’m hopefully getting that chance to talk to him in a couple days, get to know him a little bit. But I like what I see. Getting to the Super Bowl and having an explosive offense like that, I love it.”
Of course, Shanahan won’t have Matt Ryan at his disposal in San Francisco. In fact, Shanahan isn’t sure who will be the team’s starter in 2017.
Kerley doesn’t know, either.
“I have no idea,” he said. “As long as they can throw the ball and get it to me, I’m happy.”