With the start of free agency less than a week away, wide receiver Jermaine Kearse is not expecting to be back with the Seattle Seahawks.
Kearse told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that he doesn’t plan to return and is excited to find a new home.
Originally an undrafted free agent out of the University of Washington, Kearse has spent the last four seasons with the Seahawks. In 2015, he set career-highs across the board, catching 49 passes for 685 yards and five touchdowns.
The 26-year-old has been considered an unselfish and reliable teammate by his peers and coaches.
The Seahawks have several decisions to make at the wide receiver position in the weeks ahead. In addition to Kearse, Doug Baldwin is entering the final year of his contract and could be in line for an extension.
Last season, the Seahawks often used three-receiver sets. Two of the spots are accounted for with Baldwin and Tyler Lockett, who had a terrific rookie season. If Kearse leaves, the third spot will be up for grabs. Former second-round pick Paul Richardson will get a shot at it, and the Seahawks could address the wide receiver position in the draft.
It’s unlikely, however, that they would add another pass-catcher in free agency, given the team’s other needs.