San Francisco 49ers guard Laken Tomlinson intends to sign a three-year contract worth up to $41.2 million with $27 million guaranteed with the New York Jets, said a source to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Jets are also re-signing All-Pro wide receiver and returner Braxton Berrios to a two-year, $12 million deal that includes $7 million fully guaranteed, agent Drew Rosenhaus told Schefter.
Joining New York, Tomlinson will reunite with head coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, who were with the 49ers before joining the Jets last season.
Tomlinson is expected to start at right guard for the Jets — a new position for him. He’s played left guard his entire career, but the Jets are comfortable with his ability to transition.
General manager Joe Douglas has devoted significant resources to the offensive line, using first-round picks on tackle Mekhi Becton (2020) and guard Alijah Vera-Tucker (2021) and awarding one of the guard contracts the wealthiest in Tomlinson.
Berrios, who turned 26 last October, hit free agency at the right time. He set career highs in receptions (46) and receiving yards (431) while becoming a special teams star last season, receiving first-team All-Pro recognition as a kick returner. of foot.
Berrios led the NFL in kickoff return average (30.4), backed by a 102-yard return against the Jacksonville Jaguars. On that play, he recorded the fastest speed (20.99 mph) on any returned kickoff for a touchdown in the league for 2021, according to NFL Next Gen statistics.
He bolstered his value late in the season, scoring four touchdowns in his last three games — two rushing, one receiving and one returning. Berrios, who also rushed for 40 yards on seven carries, became the first Jets wide receiver in franchise history to record multiple rushing touchdowns in a season.
Interestingly, Berrios wasn’t a full-time kickoff returner until last season. He was always known as a punt returner, but he established himself as a double threat. He would have finished second in punt return average (13.4), but he didn’t have enough attempts to qualify.
Tomlinson became Mr. Reliable for the 49ers after trading for the former first-round pick in 2017, starting 80 straight regular-season games after coming into the roster at left guard.
Considered a disappointment with the Detroit Lions, Tomlinson barely missed any shots in his time with the 49ers, only leaving a game because his shoe came off.
Tomlinson, 30, was a Pro Bowl backup in 2021, just before landing his first Pro Bowl nomination.
The Lions used the No. 28 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft on Tomlinson, who played his college football at Duke.
Berrios, undersized at 5-foot-9 and 190 pounds, lasted until the sixth round of the 2018 draft. He was selected by the New England Patriots, who put him on reserve that year and cut it the following pre-season. him on waivers.
In four seasons, Berrios has 89 catches for 940 yards (10.5 average) and five touchdowns.
ESPN’s Rich Cimini and Nick Wagoner contributed to this report.