Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse isn't going to take anything less than market value as he looks for a new deal this offseason.
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Kearse Unwilling to Take Less Money to Stay in Seattle
Thursday, Jan. 21
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Kearse won't let sentimentality affect his contract negotiations.
"I love my hometown, but I've put in too much hard work to give a discount," he said. "My No. 1 priority is to take care of my family's future, so I will consider all opportunities."
The 25-year-old wideout had a career year in 2015, catching 49 passes for 685 yards and five touchdowns. He won't be the best free agent available at his position in the offseason, but he's bound to have some interest throughout the league.
The Seahawks will hope to save every penny they can in the event they want to re-sign Kearse. Linebacker Bruce Irvin and offensive tackle Russell Okung are free agents as well, while wideout Doug Baldwin, who is in line for a massive payday, will be a free agent next year.
ESPN.com's Sheil Kapadia reported Irvin would be willing to stay with the Seahawks for less money, but not every player is willing to make that financial sacrifice. Kearse is within his rights to search for the best deal available.
Seattle was unable to meet Byron Maxwell's price tag as the cornerback went to the Philadelphia Eagles last year, and as the team attempts to stay under the salary cap, it wouldn't be surprising if Seattle deems Kearse to be too expensive to retain as well.