Kerley is sticking around
After a season that saw Kerley lead the 49ers in receptions and receiving yards, he received a new contract. This deal is a three-year deal worth $10.5 million for the 28-year-old standout receiver.
Kerley proved that he is worth the trade that Trent Baalke made in the last offseason. He came out of the gate on a Monday Night game in impressive fashion, as he caught seven passes for 61 yards. The TCU product ended the season with an impressive 64 catches for 667 yards and three touchdowns. He posted career numbers in both receptions and receiving yards in a season.
It was a strong showing for a receiver that before the transaction in the 2016 offseason was labeled as a journeyman. It looked as if his career would be over after his lackluster 2015 year with the Jets in which he put up career lows in nearly every category. Now he’s one of the key pieces in an offense that will flourish under Kyle Shanahan calling the plays.
What will he bring to Shanahan’s offense?
Kerley had established himself as a reliable option in the slot when he was in Kelly’s system. With Shanahan, he will be able to continue to show the talents that he exhibited last season.
Shanahan has a knack for being able to get the most out of all of his receivers. Not just the number guys, but every option that the quarterback has. He has been able to get career numbers from Taylor Gabriel, Aldrick Robinson, Andrew Hawkins, etc. With the new head coach of the 49ers, Kerley will only post even greater numbers with the talent that Shanahan and Lynch will bring in.
Expect even bigger things out of Kerley with the 49ers. Especially over the next three years.