The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to terms with wide receiver Jermaine Kearse.
After signing with the Seahawks in 2012 Kearse as an undrafted rookie, he has spent the entirety of his career in Seattle.
Going to two Super Bowls and winning one in that time, the wideout has made some important catches along the way.
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After the NFL season ended, Kearse told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that he was not planning on playing for the Seahawks in 2016.
Being a native to Washington state and an alumni from the University of Washington, his hometown fans were disappointed.
At the time, the 26-year-old said he was not interested in giving the Seahawks a “hometown discount” which means Kearse would be taking less money than he may receive from any other team.
"I love my hometown, but I've put in too much hard work to give a discount," Kearse said.
In the end, however, it looks like the Seahawks really wanted him in their receiving line. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network said that the Seahawks offered the 26-year-old a three-year contract worth $13.5 million.
After having his best season yet in 2015, 49 catches for 685 yards and five touchdowns, Kearse wanted to be compensated adequately.
Long time coming
Kearse’s demand for a pay raise may have seen unusual to some Seahawk fans but it was a long time coming.
According to The News Tribune, a local Tacoma, Washington newspaper, Kearse was taking the league's minimum salary for years.
After being an undrafted rookie in 2012, Kearse got the league's minimum salary of $390,000. In 2013, he was tied for lowest salary in the league at $480,000.
This trend continued into 2014 where he was given the minimum salary allowed in the NFL for two-year veterans, $570,000. Things finally changed in 2015 after Kearse made the game-winning catch in overtime in the NFC Championship game which sent the Seahawks to blowout the Denver Broncos in their first Superbowl win.
Then, Kearse accepted a one-year contract worth$2,356,000 for the Seahawks.
After taking the bottom rung contract so many times Kearse wanted and received a contract he believes he deserves. Hopefully, in 2016 fans can continue to see that Russell Wilson and Kearse chemistry the two have been known for over the last couple years.
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