Marcus Sherels took a free-agent visit to the New York Jets on Thursday, but in the end he decided to stick to his Minnesota roots.
Sherels plans to sign a two-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, he told the Pioneer Press.
Sherels, a Rochester, Minn. native, and University of Minnesota product set the Vikings record in 2015 with his third career punt return for a touchdown. Only Darren Sproles (four) has more since 2012. Sherels averages 11.4 yards per return in the last three years, best in the league during that span, and has a 10.2-yard average for his career, second in Vikings history. He also has five returns of 50 yards or more.
Last year, Sherels averaged 9.1 yards per return and was tied for fifth on the team with eight tackles on special teams.
Sherels was named the Week 8 special-teams player of the week after returning a punt 65 yards for a touchdown in Chicago and averaging 25.7 yards on three returns. He also led the Vikings with two special teams tackles in that game.
In Week 1, Sherels returned a blocked field goal attempt 44 yards, the second-longest in team history.