Questions about Jermaine Kearse and the fullback position in our latest Seahawks’ Twitter mailbag.
With a little lull (well, other than the backup QB intrigue) in the action for the Seahawks following rookie mini-camp, it’s time to get answer a few questions from Twitter. And as always, you can chime in at @bcondotta.
Q: @jaysondemers asks: Will Jermaine Kearse make the cut this year with such a competitive WR spot?
A: If my Twitter mentions are any indication, Kearse’s status going forward is one of a lot of interest among Seahawks’ fans. I often get suggestions that the team should just cut him now following a season in which almost all of his stats were a step back from the previous year.
I don’t really see that happening, though, as there is little real financial advantage in doing so. The Seahawks would save just $366,666 if they released him now. They could release him following June 1 to split up his $4.03 million cap hit for 2017 — 2.2 million in 2017 and $1.8 in 2018. But while that saves Seattle $1.8 million in 2017 it just moves that money toward 2018 — Seattle has to pay it at some point.
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So I’m working on the assumption the only way Kearse isn’t on the team in 2017 is if he gets beaten out for a roster spot, which can obviously happen. His contract, though, would seem to indicate he’d have to pretty decisively lose the job to get released.
The way I see it, three receivers are locks for the final 53-man roster, barring injury — Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett and Amara Darboh. I’m putting Darboh on there because of his status as a third-round pick. Teams rarely cut picks that high and even if he maybe proved not to be ready for a major role yet, he’d almost certainly be claimed if Seattle tried to waive him and put him on the practice squad.
Lockett obviously is coming off a significant injury. But all indications at the moment are…