Keeping Jeremy Kerley a sensible, low-priced move for 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers still need to find a quarterback for next season, but whoever winds up taking snaps under center will have Jeremy Kerley to throw to after the wide receiver agreed to a contract extension.

ESPN reported the deal is worth $10.5 million.

Before the Lions, Kerley played with the New York Jets. Kerley recorded 64 receptions for 667 yards and three touchdowns.

San Francisco acquired Kerley in a trade with the Detroit Lions a year ago. Of course, that may be proof that everything's relative, as they had one of the worst passing games in the National Football League last season.

Re-signing Kerley marks the second major move for the 49ers' new regime of head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch. "He is a true pro who is an asset to this team on offense, special teams and in the locker room".

The 49ers landed Kerley in a trade past year for guard Brandon Thomas, a rare straight up swap of players in the NFL. Bringing Kerley back gives the team a reliable option in the slot - but won't preclude San Francisco from finding a top wideout for the outside either in free agency or the National Football League draft.

Kerley, Quinton Patton and Rod Streater were all scheduled for unrestricted free agency.

At this week's scouting combine in Indianapolis, Shanahan made it clear that upgrading at receiver will be a priority this offseason. If Kerley leads the team in receptions in 2017, it means the team has not found a capable No. 1 receiver.

  • Arturo Norris