Jermaine Kearse agreed to a three-year contract with the Seahawks on Thursday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
After briefly testing the open market as a free agent, Kearse will return to the Seahawks on a three-year deal. Kearse turned in his best season as a pro in 2015, hauling in 49 catches on 68 targets for 685 yards and five touchdown while managing to play in every game. Still, Doug Baldwin's presence plus Tyler Lockett's increasing role could put a cap on Kearse's production even if Seattle turns to a more pass-centric approach on offense with Marshawn Lynch retiring this offseason.
Jermaine Kearse nabbed 11 of 15 targets for 110 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's loss to Carolina.
Kearse got Seattle on the board in the third quarter on a 13-yard fade route and then hauled in a second touchdown in the back of the end zone on a scramble play. Kearse had just three touchdowns entering Week 16 of the regular season, but scored in his final four games, including Sunday. The fourth-year receiver is a free agent and may not be a priority to bring back given Seattle having Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett and Jimmy Graham on the roster. If Kearse does return, look for him to be a dangerous red-zone threat in Seattle's new pass-focused offense.
Jermaine Kearse grabbed three of four targets for 18 yards in Sunday's win over Minnesota.
Kearse has now been targeted at least four times in six of his last eight games dating back to Week 11 of the regular season. The fourth-year receiver has scored three touchdowns during that span, well behind Tyler Lockett's five and Doug Baldwin's 12. Kearse has also trailed his fellow receivers in targets during the period with 39 as compared to Baldwin's 60 and Lockett's 45. Long story short, with the way that he's been playing, Kearse should not be shut out the way he was in Seattle's Week 6 meeting against Carolina, but he is no better than third in the pecking order of the Seattle Seahawks ' pass offense.
Jermaine Kearse snatched all three of his targets in Sunday's win over the Cardinals, tallying 34 yards and a score.
Kearse entered Week 16 with just three scores in 14 games, but he has scored in consecutive weeks to close the season. Kearse preceded those two games with 14 catches for 184 yards in his previous two contests. Kearse, and Seattle's passing offense, is on a roll, but gets a tough matchup against Minnesota to open the playoffs. Though Seattle dominated the team's Week 13 meeting, Kearse was held catchless.
Jermaine Kearse (calf) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Rams.
Kearse is out there if you need him Sunday and with the surging Seattle Seahawks on a roll of late, he's recorded back-to-back seven-catch efforts for the team.
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|P4||9/1/16||@ OAK||10:00 pm|
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|14||12/11/16||@ GB||4:25 pm|
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