SEATTLE, March 4 (UPI) -- A hometown NFL hero could suit up elsewhere after declining to sign for a "discount."
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that "he does not plan to return to Seattle and is looking forward to finding a new home."
The free agent had a career year in 2015, with 49 receptions for 685 yards and five touchdowns.
"I love my hometown, but I've put in too much hard work to give a discount," Kearse told Schefter in January. "My number one priority is to take care of my family's future, so I will consider all opportunities."
Seahawks WR Jermaine Kearse reiterated Thursday that he does not plan to return to Seattle and is looking forward to finding a new home.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 3, 2016
Kearse, 25, was born in Lakewood, Washington, before playing for the University of Washington. He signed as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and compiled 112 receptions for 1,599 yards and 10 touchdowns in 53 career games for the Seahawks.