The Lions have signed wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, according to a team announcement. It’s a one-year, $1.35MM deal with a max value of $2.3MM, including $350K guaranteed, according to ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter (on Twitter).
The deal reunites Kearse with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Given their five years working together in Seattle, it shouldn’t take long for the 29-year-old to learn the playbook. Also, given the Lions’ lack of depth at the wide receiver position, there’s a clear opportunity for Kearse to make the cut and make an impact.
The Lions auditioned Kearse in late May and quickly made him an offer, but he walked away in hopes of finding something more substantial. It’s not clear whether the Lions upped the ante to get Kearse, but they managed to land him in June.
Kearse came to the Jets from the Seahawks in the Sheldon Richardson trade of 2017. Kearse went on to enjoy the best statistical campaign of his career by managing 65 receptions for 810 yards and five touchdowns in his first season with Gang Green. Last year wasn’t quite as strong, but he finished out with a 37/371/1 in the Jets’ spotty offense.
Kearse could easily wind up as the Lions’ fourth WR behind Danny Amendola, Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr. Former Saints practice standout Tommylee Lewis is also on hand.
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