Ex-Jets WR Jermaine Kearse announces his NFL retirement on Instagram


Jermaine Kearse is hanging up the cleats, announcing in an Instagram post on Tuesday that he is retiring after eight seasons in the NFL.

“After 8 years playing in the NFL, I’m leaving the game feeling extremely grateful and content with what I was able to accomplish out there on the field not only for myself, but my family as well,” Kearse wrote to open his farewell.

Kearse, who went undrafted out of Washington in 2012, hooked on with the Seahawks that year and spent five years in Seattle, winning Super Bowl XLVIII. He was a key contributor to that Seattle squad, catching the game-winning touchdown pass in the NFC Title Game, and catching a TD pass in the 43-8 rout of Denver in the big game.

He was traded to the Jets in September 2017 for Sheldon Richardson, and spent two seasons with Gang Green before signing with Detroit in 2019 – but, as he was placed on injured reserve after breaking his leg in the 2019 preseason, his final official NFL game came with the Jets.

And, while that Super Bowl title came in Seattle, Kearse’s best statistical season was with Gang Green in 2017, as he caught 65 balls for 810 yards and five touchdowns, all career-high totals. He fell to 37 catches, 371 yards, and one score in 2018, though, and for his career, he finishes with 255 grabs for 3,290 yards and 17 touchdowns.

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