Jermaine Kearse “would love” chance to return to Seahawks

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Jermaine Kearse spent his first five seasons in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks and would love the chance to return to his hometown team should the opportunity present itself.

In a discussion with former teammates Doug Baldwin and Cliff Avril on Sports Radio 950 KJR, Kearse said he would definitely be open to the chance to return to the Seahawks should such a chance arise.

Yeah. Look, I would love to play back in Seattle,” Kearse said. “Obviously things have to work out in its own and things have to be right. It would be an opportunity that would be a great opportunity.”

Kearse grew up outside of Seattle in Lakewood, Wash. and attended the University of Washington. His wife is also from the Seattle area and a return to the Seahawks would be a return home for the entire family.

Additionally, the Seahawks appear to be in the market for help at wide receiver. The team hosted former Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson on a free agent visit this week. Outside of top targets Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett, the duo of Jaron Brown and David Moore combined for just seven receptions in Seattle’s five games last season.

Baldwin and Avril discussed taking up a petition with the team in supporting Kearse’s return.

“It’s already started. I’m the first one (to sign),” Baldwin said.

Kearse said he has not spoken to anyone from the Seahawks yet at this point. However, Kearse and head coach Pete Carroll are represented by the same agent, Gary Uberstine, so finding a line of communication shouldn’t be a tough task.

“I have not personally talked to John or Pete,” Kearse said. “I know my agent has really close ties with Pete so I’m pretty sure they’ve spoke here and there.”

Kearse played in 69 regular season games for Seattle over five seasons after signings with the team as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He caught 153 passes for 2,109 yards and 11 touchdowns. However, Kearse added 31 receptions for 493 yards and six touchdowns in 12 career playoff games for Seattle as well.

The Seahawks traded Kearse to the New York Jets prior to the start of the 2017 season in a deal that brought defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to Seattle.

Kearse had his best statistical season with the Jets in 2017, recording 65 receptions for 810 yards and five touchdowns. All three marks were career-highs.

13 responses to “Jermaine Kearse “would love” chance to return to Seahawks

  1. It is 2:00 in the morning, I am up late packing my belongings to move from Maryland back to the PNW in the morning, and that headline and article just gave me renewed energy. Thanks for working late Curtis Crabtree, you just made this 12’s day.

  2. While the Appreciation level is high for all he did in the past, I must admit that I’m not the biggest fan of his. I often felt he short armed passes that may expose him to being hit and dropped passes he should’ve gotten. I never researched his statistical numbers compared to others, so I could be wrong, but that was my opinion of him last he played as a Seahawk.

    I would love to see him back as a lower cap hit, but it sounds like the right situation he refers too is $. That’s not likely to happen, I don’t think.

  3. If he learns how to catch on 1st and 2nd down or early on in the game we’d love to have him back as well. But we need a reliable catcher on all downs, not just clutch moments. Kearse was awesome for Seahawks in Clutch moments, but struggled to catch the damn ball when it wasn’t absolutely necessary. Later on in his tenure with the Seahawks he struggled with OPI, but I think that was more Bevell’s playcalling rather than him screwing up. Bevell called obvious pick routes and Kearse isn’t the greatest actor in the world so he’d get called a lot. All that being said I’ve liked Kearse since he was a Husky playing with Jake Locker.

  4. Couldn’t agree more chawk12thman and BelgiumHawk. Love the guy for the few clutch moments he gave in the past, but do not miss the lack of effort on jump balls and short-arming and would much rather see them draft someone. Lotta good looking WR’s in this draft.

  5. Jermaine Kearse will return if the price is right. Penny-pinching Mode is thinking the same way, if the price is right. The problem is that they may have vastly different prices in mind.

  6. I understand the positive sentiment for Kearse. Like wanting to get the band back together. He was Mr. Clutch in several big moments. However, he also is one of those odd dudes who timed well in the 40, but who’s legs slowed when the ball was in the air, allowing DB’s to click and close. And his effort wasn’t always there when the ball didn’t come his way. AND, and this is a big AND, we can’t afford him. I’m ready for Darboh to finally break out, and for a fresh face from the draft, like Miles Boykin or Terry McLaurin.

  7. good memories . . but he couldn’t get separation at the time he left, doubt he’s gotten faster/quicker in the last two years.

  8. Kearse had some big moments for the Hawks and seemed to raise his level of play in playoffs. I can’t shake the games were he could no get separation and they kept feeding him the ball. I think it was 0-10 targets in the red zone one season. Seattle needs help at WR but unless Kearse is coming back on a min deal. Let’s see what Moore or find another Doug Baldwin.

  9. Kearse did his part. He caught the pass that gave Seattle the chance to win a back to back SB victory. Carroll and Wilson blew it!

  10. Frisco ranks 14th in the league in passing yards per game, despite starting 3 different quarterbacks, with the 2nd and 3rd string quarterbacks starting most of the games after Jimmy G was placed on IR. Seattle ranks 25th with a pro bowl quarterback. They may need Kearse to do better in the passing game, especially since Baldwin will be recovering from multiple surgeries.

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