With free agency fast approaching, the status of where wide receiver Jermaine Kearse will be playing in 2016 has become clear, and it will make Seahawk fans sad. On Thursday, ESPN insider Adam Schefter reported that Kearse made it be known that he has no plans to return to Seattle, and is looking forward to playing for another team. Kearse, who had his best season in 2015, will hit the market on March 9th when free agency begins.
Originally signed as an undrafted free agent from the university of Washington, Kearse joined his hometown team where he first made a name for himself in 2013, recording 22 catches for 346 yards and 4 touchdowns. His role increased in 2014 and he finally broke out as a receiver last season as he piled up 685 yards and 5 touchdowns, but he was already a well known commodity thanks to spectacular catches made during the 2014 NFC Championship game and Super Bowl 49.
As Kearse prepares to leave Seattle, the Seahawks will look to find someone who can adequately replace his production. Luckily, Jimmy Graham will be returning from injury and could fill the void, playing a similar role to the one he had in New Orleans. If that isn’t enough, look for the team to scour the free agent market or possibly the draft. If they do opt to go through the draft, look for someone like TCU’s Josh Doctson or Notre Dame’s Will Fuller.
While Kearse may be donning a different uniform in 2016, he will always be remembered for his crazy catches in Seattle. And for that, will forever to be a fan favorite.