Cole, having created a respectable NFL career since emerging from Division II Kentucky Wesleyan, is set to join the New York Jets.
Former Jaguars’ WR Keelan Cole to the Jets on a one-year, $5.5 million deal, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 18, 2021
Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, the New York Jets are set to add receiver Keelan Cole on a one-year, $5.5 million deal, Cole, an alum of Division II Kentucky Wesleyan, scored a career-best five touchdowns last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, also earning 642 yards on 55 receptions.
Cole, 27, has developed into a strong threat in the slot despite a seemingly endless stream of quarterback changes in Jacksonville. He memorably burst onto the scene with a 97-yard touchdown in his preseason debut against the New England Patriots. Since his 2017 arrival, he leads all Jaguars receivers with 2,242 receiving yards and was second in receptions (159, one behind Dede Westbrook).
Like fellow new receiver Corey Davis, Cole is a rare Jets representative with postseason experience, partaking in the Jaguars’ surprise run to the AFC title game during the 2017-18 playoffs. Notably, Cole earned a 45-yard reception in the fourth quarter, one that set up a Jacksonville touchdown to give them a two-possession lead. Cole is also well-known for a jaw-dropping, one-handed grab earned in the conference championship rematch with New England the following season. It was part of a 116-yard day as the Jaguars earned a quantum of revenge through a 31-20 triumph.
Cole’s arrival comes on the same day Breshad Perriman left for Detroit, the latter signing a one-year deal with the Lions. The Jets previously welcomed in his former AFC South foe Davis on a three-year, $37.5 million deal and have high hopes for second-round choice Denzel Mims, who showed some promise after dealing with early injuries. Cole could work in the slot with Jamison Crowder, who has been by far the Jets’ most consistent offensive weapon in the last two seasons.
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