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Bills bring in ex-Jet WR Jeremy Kerley for a visit

The market is thinning. There aren't many veteran wide receivers available for the Buffalo Bills, a team that said it wants a new complementary weapon opposite Sammy Watkins.

On Tuesday, Rex Ryan brought in an ex-Jet for a visit, Jeremy Kerley, as first reported by ESPN's Adam Caplan.

The shorter Kerley would be more of No. 3 slot receiver and had a down 2015 season with 16 receptions for 152 yards. But there would be a sense of familiarity in that the 5-foot-9, 188-pound receiver played his first four pro seasons under Ryan. The Jets released Kerley last week to save $1.3 million under the salary cap --- he was used sparingly in offensive coordinator's Chan Gailey's offense.

The 2011 fifth-round pick out of TCU caught 56 passes for 827 yards with two touchdowns in 2012 but his numbers declined since. In October 2014, Ryan and the Jets felt good enough about Kerley's future to give him a four-year, $16 million contract extension. Two years later, he's a free agent.

The Bills have a void at the position after losing Chris Hogan to the New England Patriots last week. The Pats inked the restricted free agent to a three-year, $12 million deal Buffalo declined to match. Beyond starters Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods, in-house No. 3 options include Marquise Goodwin, Dezmin Lewis, Walter Powell, Greg Salas, Jarrett Boykin and Greg Little. Buffalo will probably venture into the second wave of free agency now since the NFL draft is considered just so-so at receiver after back-to-back banner classes.

If the answer is Kerley, he could potentially give the Bills' special teams a boost. Kerley has averaged 9.3 yards per punt through his career, and fielded a career-high 48 punts last season.

Buffalo stumbled through a game of musical chairs at kick and punt return in 2015, so some stability would help. Chances are, Kerley won't command much more than the veteran's minimum. The Bills have just under $6 million in cap space to work with, and will still need to pay their draft picks.

One other option? Percy Harvin. He's a free agent again this offseason.

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