2021 hasn’t been all that bad for Gang Green.
Jets fan favorite Braxton Berrios was named All-Pro on Friday.
Berrios, who was selected to the Associated Press First Team as a kickback, finished the season with the third-most return yards (852) and also led the NFL with the highest return yards average (30.4 yards, minimum 20 returns).
He finished with 27 out of 50 first place votes.
“1st place on the All-Pro team as a kickback… What an incredible honor, I really have no words other than “Thanks to my teammates who made this possible, I couldn’t have done it without you guys!” Berrios tweeted.
The third-year pro became the first Jets player to earn first-team All-Pro honors since former quarterback Jamal Adams in 2019. Berrios became the first Jets player to return to the Jets to receive the award since Andre Roberts in 2018.
Berrios’ ability to respond directly led the Jets to points several times during the season. His starting return for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Jaguars in Week 16 helped Gang Green to a 26–21 victory. He also opened the Jets’ game against the Eagles with a 79-yard kickoff return. Zach Wilson ended that drive with a touchdown pass to Elijah Moore.
Berrios also received two votes as a punt returner as he finished second among punt returners with an average score of 13.4 (minimum 15 attempts).
This honor is the perfect timing for Berrios, who is about to become a free agent. Return Specialist and Gadget Receiver now has extra leverage on their side.
Berrios could be aiming for a contract similar to the one Jakeem Grant received from the Dolphins when he was extended to a four-year contract worth up to $24 million ($7 million guaranteed) in 2019.
Grant is similar to Berrios as both are dynamic returners and can be used offensively with creative game challenges.
Berrios should demand more guarantees, because when you have an All-Pro on your resume, the price goes up.