One out, one in. It's a common theme in free agency as the Jets released their punt returner, Jeremy Kerley the fair catch god, yesterday they are bringing in former Vikings punt returner and cornerback Marcus Sherels in for a visit. The arranged visit was first reported by Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
The Jets special teams were atrocious last year and the only time they were able to have even a decent return game was with Antonio Cromartie as the returner on kickoffs and the team is going to try to bring in a few different options and see if one of them can stick. Earlier in the offseason the Jets brought in ex-Steeler Dri Archer and now they will look to see if they can reach a deal with Sherels.
Sherels would be able to provide emergency depth at cornerback but he mostly saw the field as a returner in Minnesota and that's clearly where the Jets plan to us him if the two sides can agree to a deal. Sherels isn't exactly Devin Hester with the punt returns but he does average over 10 yards per return and has a return for a touchdown in three of the past four seasons which is about three more than the Jets have. The Jets are clearly hoping to settle on their returners early in the process so they don't have to keep trying different options just hoping someone sticks.
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