The great Jason Fitzgerald of Over the Cap and The Sporting News named what he thought was the worst contract on every team. For the Jets he chose wide receiver Jeremy Kerley's deal.
Contract: 3 years, $14 million, $3.5 million guaranteed
The Jets expected Kerley to be a 500 yard type player from the slot when they signed him to this contract in late 2014. Instead, Kerley became a benchwarmer, playing in just 20 percent of team snaps and catching 16 passes for just 152 yards.
I do not think this was necessarily a terrible contract given the circumstances. Kerley got caught in a coaching transition. It happens. Sometimes a new regime comes in, and a player doesn't fit what they want to do. Chan Gailey and Todd Bowles seem to favor big receivers in the middle of the field who can contribute as blockers. Kerley is more of a conventional slot receiver. The contract itself isn't horrible for an OK-ish slot receiver. It just was done under a different regime.
Kerley is a likely cap casualty, and he will likely find a new team. To stay in the NFL, he will need to produce for that team.