3. Jermaine Kearse, Seattle Seahawks
Jermaine Kearse could also be an option at the Bengals, but he would likely fit on the squad as a slot receiver. If Kearse were to be signed, Cincinnati should definitely draft a receiver who can play on the outside in the 2016 NFL Draft. Anyways, moving on.
Kearse is not only a capable wide receiver but a decent kick return man. While he certainly wouldn’t be one of the top two receivers on Cincinnati’s squad, he could provide a huge boost out of the slot if Mohamed Sanu leaves in free agency, leaving the team with an option to either draft a young wide receiver to play on the outside or even pair Kearse with another free agent receiver on the market.
Kearse is a proven deep threat, as he’s been incredibly effective in the regular season and playoffs. Kearse has caught 10 regular season touchdowns in the past three years, and he averaged at least 14 yards per catch in all three of those seasons. He’s also caught two playoff touchdown passes in each of the last three seasons, something that could provide a huge boost to a Bengals receiving corps that has struggled in January.
He may not be a big name, but Jermaine Kearse could potentially be a very affordable option who could be plugged into the system at the slot position almost immediately. Ultimately, if signed for the right price, Kearse would have a huge impact for Cincinnati, as he’d give the team a great chance to swing for the fences with a high-ceiling prospect in the draft and could give the team a deep threat it would potentially lose with Marvin Jones out of the picture.
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