Kerley was a fifth-round draft pick by the Jets out of TCU in 2011. Kerley spent his first five seasons in NY before heading to the San Francisco 49ers in 2016. He had signed a three-year extension with the 49ers, but they ultimately cut him over the weekend.
But new coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch chose to go a different direction when assembling the regular season roster before Sunday's opener against Carolina. Kerley is still one of the best return men in the National Football League, and he's proven that he can hang at a high level at wide receiver as well. He's averaged 9.1 yards per punt return on 155 attempts including one touchdown.
Broncos bring back Osweiler
On Saturday, Elway said the Broncos would welcome Osweiler back "with open arms". "That didn't weigh into my decision whatsoever". The quarterback said he chose Houston over Denver because he felt had a better chance at long-term success with the Texans .
Last year, during his lone campaign with the 49ers, Kerley racked up a lifetime-best 64 catches for 667 yards and three touchdowns.
Despite his previous success, he was released before the start of the season.
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Kerley's return comes days after NY recently acquired receiver Jermaine Kearse in a trade with the Seahawks that sent standout defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson to Seattle.