Jets to trade Sheldon Richardson to Seahawks

Taylor Byrd
September 2, 2017

Sheldon Richardson is a defensive lineman who was drafted number 13 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Jets. One in which the relatively unheralded Clinton McDonald could play 65 percent of the snaps in the Super Bowl win and be viewed by some around the team as having played as much of a role in the defensive dominance that day as anybody. That group now features eight players who have made a Pro Bowl: Richardson, Bennett, Avril, linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, cornerback Richard Sherman and safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.

Meanwhile, Kearse will help boost a Jets receiving corps that took a serious hit when Quincy Enunwa suffered a season-ending neck injury last month.

Richardson, listed at 6-3, 294, lined up everywhere in the Jets' 3-4 defense a year ago with Pro Football Focus judging him as having the fifth-best run defense grade of any linemen.

Just over 24 hours from the 53-man roster deadline, the New York Jets and the Seattle Seahawks have pulled off a monster trade. Plus, the NFL's cap figure might not be $178 million next year.

The veteran wide receiver was all set to be a contributor for the powerhouse Seattle Seahawks this season, but now he's reportedly headed to the Jets, perhaps the worst team in the NFL. He was suspended for four games in 2015 after testing positive for marijuana, and one game for violating the league's personal conduct policy in 2016. He's also said to have clashed with Jets coach Todd Bowles. If Richardson leaves and gets a large contract, the Seahawks would likely get a 3rd round compensatory pick for Richardson.

They finally found a partner in the Seahawks. Today? They get a 2nd Round pick. The Jets extended Wilkerson on a five-year, $86 million deal in July 2016, rendering it unlikely the team would splash major cash to commit to Richardson in the long term. But Richardson has also spent time at outside linebacker, possibly giving the Seahawks the option of using him on the edge at times.

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