The Detroit Lions reportedly offered wide receiver Jermaine Kearse a contract following a workout. But the former Seahawk has rejected that offer.
Despite having a whopping 12 wide receivers on their current depth chart, the Detroit Lions were still willing to add another wideout to their roster on Wednesday. Following a workout, the Lions reportedly offered free agent veteran Jermaine Kearse a contract to play in the Motor City. That according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Although the exact terms of the Lions’ offer are unknown, Kearse ended up rejecting the deal. The fact the seven-year veteran worked out for Detroit shows a willingness to play for the organization. Presumably, the inability to agree on a contract comes down to money and/or length of the deal. Kearse made $5.55 million last season with the New York Jets according to Spotrac.com.
Still, the fact the Lions were willing to sign a veteran wide receiver despite having a bloated roster at the position is telling. Check out the current depth chart at wide receiver in Detroit …
But also remember Kearse started his career as a member of the Seattle Seahawks under now Lions’ offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. The veteran wideout spent his first five seasons in Bevell’s offense before being traded to the Jets.
Kearse went on to post his best season as a professional in the Big Apple, recording 65 receptions for 810 yards and five touchdowns in 2017. Last season, he had a nine reception, 94-yard performance in Week Six against the Indianapolis Colts. Kearse also put impressive numbers against the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in Week 12 recording six catches for 66 yards and scoring his lone touchdown of the season.
Perhaps the two sides will come to an agreement after Jermaine Kearse has had a chance to properly gauge his worth across the league.