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Jeremy Kerley signs with Detroit Lions, sources say

Jeremy Kerley #11 of the New York

Jeremy Kerley #11 of the New York Jets warms up before playing against the Houston Texans on Nov. 22, 2015 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Credit: Getty Images / Scott Halleran

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Another Jets free agent is headed elsewhere.

Slot receiver Jeremy Kerley has signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions, sources confirmed.

The deal is worth a little more than $1 million.

Last week, Kerley visited the Buffalo Bills.

The 27-year-old was an integral part of the Jets offense during Rex Ryan’s six years with the team from 2009 to 2014. But he quickly became a marginal figure when new coach Todd Bowles hired Chan Gailey as his offensive coordinator last offseason.

Gailey immediately moved Eric Decker into the slot, rendering the 5-9 Kerley expendable.

The fifth-round pick caught a career-low 16 passes for 152 yards and was a non-factor on punt returns last season for the Jets.

In 2014, he had the same number of catches as rookie tight end Jace Amaro (38) and finished second behind Decker in receiving yards (409). The previous year, Kerley had 523 receiving yards on 43 catches despite missing four games with a dislocated elbow.

With the shifty slot receiver headed to Detroit, the Jets now have two players left from their 2011 draft: defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson and running back Bilal Powell.

Kerley’s departure comes just a few days after former Jets inside linebacker Demario Davis and safety Antonio Allen signed with new teams in free agency.

Davis inked a two-year, $8-million deal with the Cleveland Browns that includes $4 million guaranteed. Allen signed a one-year deal with Houston.

The pair was the last two remaining members of the Jets’ 2012 draft class.

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