Back in January, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse made it clear that he was not going to give any kind of financial discount to stick around, stating that he has worked too hard not to take advantage of his shot on the free agency market. He went as far as specifically saying that he would not be back with Seattle, and was looking forward to finding his new team. Given the lack of star quality in this year’s crop of available players at the position, he certainly had a great opportunity to maximise his value, ranking second on our best available receivers list entering the new football year. But after no news on the first day of the free agency, and most of the second, and with the likes of Travis Benjamin (to the Chargers), Marvin Jones (to the Lions) and Mohamed Sanu (to the Falcons) all signing up, Kearse finally had his turn late on Thursday. As it turns out, he will continue his stay in the state of Washington, and not with the new team that he previously declared to desire. It therefore is fair to say that this as a bit of an unexpected turn of events. Kearse’s new deal is for three years and $13.5 million, significantly lower than the contracts for those mentioned above. It’s probably safe to call this deal as being more of a win for the Seahawks, and his QB Russell Wilson, than it is for Kearse. He’s likely frustrated at the lack of market he found, despite setting career highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns in 2015 – 49, 685 and 5 respectively. He was outshined somewhat by his teammate Doug Baldwin though, who was the more dangerous and productive of Seattle’s receiver group – particularly in the latter part of the season. Kearse will continue his stay in the state of Washington. He’s from the state, played for the University of Washington, and has spent his entire four-year career with the Seahawks, since joining as an undrafted free agent, and will continue to do so, potentially for another three seasons. We’ll see if he’ll get a deal more to his liking in his next go-around, when he will still be under 30-years-old.