NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — The New York Jets have re-signed All-Pro kick returner Braxton Berrios to a two-year, $12 million deal, keeping the versatile wide receiver after a breakout season.
The deal Monday includes $7 million fully guaranteed, according to Berrios’ agent Drew Rosenhaus.
The Jets also agreed to terms with former 49ers guard Laken Tomlinson on a three-year contract, according to a person with direct knowledge of the deal. The move addresses one of New York’s biggest offseason needs as the start of the legal tampering period of free agency began. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced by the team.
ESPN reported the contract for Tomlinson is worth up to $41.2 million and includes $27 million guaranteed.
The 26-year-old Berrios spent the last three years with the Jets, but emerged this past season as one of the NFL’s top returners while leading the league with an average of 30.4 yards on kickoffs. He also brought back a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown against Jacksonville in Week 15. Last season marked Berrios’ first extended action as a kickoff returner after previously primarily returning punts.
Berrios also proved himself a reliable and consistent receiver for rookie quarterback Zach Wilson, catching a career-high 46 passes for 431 yards and two touchdowns. He also hastened seven times for 40 yards and two scores.
Berrios confirmed his return to the Jets on Twitter, writing: “WE’RE BAAAACK”
With the 30-year-old Tomlinson, general manager Joe Douglas upgrades the offensive line with a durable veteran who is coming off his first career Pro Bowl selection as an alternate. Tomlinson was a first-round draft pick of Detroit in 2015 who was traded to San Francisco in 2017. In New York, he’ll be reunited with Jets coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, who Tomlinson played under in San Francisco.
Tomlinson has been a left guard throughout his career, but is likely to shift to the right side with the Jets. Alijah Vera-Tucker, a first-round pick last year, had a very good rookie season at left guard. Tomlinson is a marked upgrade over Greg Van Roten and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who both started at right guard last season.
Van Roten will become a backup or be released, and Duvernay-Tardif is scheduled to become a free agent.
Douglas vowed to improve the blocking unit over the past few seasons. He has spent two first-round picks over the last two years — Vera-Tucker last year and left tackle Mekhi Becton in 2020 — and now signed one of the most coveted interior offensive linemen in free agency.
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