Kearse's two touchdown receptions Sunday gave him six career playoff touchdown catches, a team record.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Receiver Jermaine Kearse had the best game of his season Sunday in a 31-24 playoff loss to the Panthers, but will it be his last game as a Seahawk?
He had a career-high 11 catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns against the Panthers, and he made some of the biggest plays during Seattle’s comeback. His two touchdown receptions gave him six career playoff touchdown catches, a team record.
But Kearse also is aware of where he stands going forward: He is an unrestricted free agent, and his future with the Seahawks is unclear.
It’s possible that Sunday’s game could have been his last with the Seahawks, and he admitted to thinking a little about that.
“I’m not oblivious to the situation that I’m going to be coming toward this offseason,” Kearse said. “But I just try to not focus on that and focus on this team and give everything that I can to this team.”
When asked how much he would like to stay in Seattle, Kearse said, “I grew up in the state of Washington. I would love to be here. But there are going to have to be some decisions that have to be made, and we’re just going to have to see when that time comes.”
Kearse, an undrafted free agent from the University of Washington, finished the 2015 season with career highs in catches (49), yards (685) and touchdowns (five).
He was especially effective against the Panthers on Sunday, hauling in two tricky touchdown catches in traffic to give the Seahawks life.
“He’s clutch, as clutch as it gets,” quarterback Russell Wilson said.
But now the question is about where he goes from here, and if he will continue his career with the Seahawks.