Report | Seahawks shopping Jermaine Kearse

11 October 2015: Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (15) makes the catch for the touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half of play at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Sommers II/Icon Sportswire)
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[UPDATE]: The Cleveland Browns are apparently interested in potentially acquiring wide receiver Jermaine Kearse from the Seattle Seahawks, according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.

The Seattle Seahawks are reportedly attempting to trade wide receiver Jermaine Kearse prior to the start of the 2017 season, according to Dianna Russini of ESPN.

Kearse has been a starting receiver for the Seahawks for each of the past four seasons. He is coming off a 2016 year in which he hauled in 41 receptions for 511 yards and a single touchdown.

Alongside wideout Doug Baldwin, Kearse serves as Seattle’s other primary target in the passing game as tight end Jimmy Graham continues his acclimation period with the offense. Behind Kearse, the team has return specialist Tyler Lockett — who is recovering from a leg injury — along with Paul Richardson high up on the depth chart, although neither has demonstrated the level of consistency Kearse has.

His best season came in 2015, the only season of his five-year career in which he has appeared in all 16 games. He finished with career highs in receptions (49), receiving yards (685) and touchdowns (five).

Seattle first got its hands on Kearse when it signed him as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Washington in 2012. He played sparingly in seven games as a rookie, before earning his way into the starting lineup the following season.

The Seahawks have opened 2017 with three consecutive preseason wins. They will wrap up the exhibition slate on Thursday against the Oakland Raiders.

Seattle will open the regular season on Sept. 10 when the team travels to take on the Green Bay Packers, where it may or may not still have Kearse available at its disposal.

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