NY Jets WR Braxton Berrios ends terrific season with IR stint

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The NY Jets have seen the emergence of Braxton Berrios in 2021 as the former waiver-wire pickup has gone from unheralded special-teamer to star return man and an important part of the offense.

Berrios has put together a career year hauling in 46 catches for 431 yards and two touchdowns. And with the Jets' wide receiver corps decimated by injuries in recent weeks, Berrios has emerged as easily the team's best receiving target.

Unfortunately, Berrios' season has come to an early end as he joins his teammates on the injury list. After failing to practice this week, the Jets placed Berrios on the injured reserve with a quad injury ending his 2021 season.

And with Berrios set to hit free agency, perhaps his Jets career.

The NY Jets have a decision to make on Braxton Berrios this offseason.

Berrios joins Elijah Moore and Corey Davis on the injured reserve meaning the Jets will once again be without three of their top wide receivers this Sunday. There was some initial optimism that Moore would be able to return, but that seems highly unlikely at this stage.

Fortunately, the Jets are expected to return Jamison Crowder in Week 18 giving the team at least one reliable receiving option to pair with the likes of Keelan Cole, Jeff Smith, D.J. Montgomery, and Denzel Mims.

The Jets will have an interesting decision to make with Berrios this offseason. The former Miami standout has likely played himself into a decent contract and he could be coveted on the open market given his versatility and production.

The Jets won't want to overpay, but they're evidently interested in bringing him back with reports emerging that the two sides have already begun contract negotiations as of earlier this week.

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It's unclear what the future holds for Braxton Berrios and the Jets. But what is clear is that his 2021-22 season is over.