The Detroit Lions have done their fair share of offseason signings in 2019. With additions such as Trey Flowers, Jesse James and Danny Amendola, the team has been focusing on filling each need by working in the free agent market. Now, the Lions have made another signing adding some veteran experience to the team’s receiving core.
The Lions have signed 29-year-old Jermaine Kearse to a one-year deal worth up to $2.3 million. The signing was announced on Thursday morning. NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported details of the contract.
Lions are giving former Jets’ WR Jermaine Kearse a one-year $1.35 million deal with a max value of $2.3 million, including $350k guaranteed, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 6, 2019
Jermaine Kearse spent the first five years of his NFL career with the Seahawks. The receiver was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2012.
With Seattle, Kearse caught 153 passes for 2,109 yards and 11 touchdowns. In addition, he was also able to win a Super Bowl with the team in 2013. After the 2016 season, the pass catcher was released from the team.
For the past two seasons, Kearse has spent his time with the New York Jets where he has put up some mixed numbers in terms of production. In 2017, Kearse was the Jets’ leading receiver with 65 receptions for 810 yards and five touchdowns.
There seemed to be a sharp decline in 2018 for the wide out. For the 2018 campaign, Kearse caught only 37 passes for 371 yards and a touchdown through 14 games.
Kearse will be able to adapt to the Lions offense quickly as he will be coached by a well-acquainted face. Detroit’s new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell spent 5 seasons with Kearse in Seattle. With that in mind, the newly sign Detriot Lion should be able to hit the ground running in a familiar scheme.
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