Looks like Jermaine Kearse may be playing in a different uniform in 2016. This isn't entirely surprising -- we've known that Seattle may not be able to afford to keep Kearse this offseason -- but a new report seems to indicate that it's a sure thing. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter,
Seahawks WR Jermaine Kearse reiterated Thursday that he does not plan to return to Seattle and is looking forward to finding a new home.
The word "reiterate" is a little weird to use here because Kearse hasn't definitely said publicly he'll be leaving Seattle in free agency to this point, but Schefter may be referencing an earlier report of his that said that Kearse is not willing to accept a hometown discount to stay.
"I love my hometown, but I've put in too much hard work to give a discount," he told Schefter in January. "My number one priority is to take care of my family's future, so I will consider all opportunities."
For what it's worth, I wasn't the only one to raise my eyebrows at the "reiterate" word use.
So, however you want to take this Schefter report -- as a definitive announcement that Kearse is gone or simply just typical agent/player posturing -- you can take it to the bank that Kearse will be looking for top-dollar on his second deal, and he should.