Report: Seahawks trying to trade receiver Jermaine Kearse

A report from ESPN says the Seahawks are soliciting trade offers for receiver Jermaine Kearse.

The Seahawks are attempting to trade veteran receiver Jermaine Kearse in advance of Saturday’s roster cutdown date, according to a report from Dianna Russini of ESPN.

Kearse’s status has been the subject of much fan and social media debate after he suffered a down year in 2016 after signing a three-year contract with the team that spring worth up to $13.5 million overall — he caught just 41 passes for 511 yards in 2016 after catching 49 for 685 in 2015.

It has been thought all along unlikely Kearse would be back in 2018 when he has a $6.8 million salary cap hit which undoubtedly factors into any thoughts of trading him, with the team potentially trying to get value for a player who may not figure in its long-range plans.

However, the fact that the team will have to take a $3.666 million salary cap hit on Kearse for this season — which it could split evenly over the 2017 and 2018 seasons, so meaning $1.8 million each year — and would save only $366,667 by releasing him has led to the idea that he would likely be with the team in 2017.

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But a trade would also allow the team to save $2.2 million in cash for Kearse’s annual salary this season and also open up room in what is something of a log jam at receiver.

The Seahawks expect Tyler Lockett to return for the regular season opener Sept. 10 at Green Bay and likely rejoin Doug Baldwin and Paul Richardson in the team’s starting three-receiver sets — Baldwin and Richardson have been the starters in the base offense during the preseason with Kearse coming in for three-receiver sets.

Kasen Williams has been a preseason standout and appears likely on the roster and the team also has Tanner McEvoy and third-round pick rookie Amara Darboh as players it could keep if it wanted six receivers without Kearse. A trade of…

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