The New York Jets are done with Sheldon Richardson and sent him to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and a second-round pick in 2018, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Richardson, 26, is one of the best young defensive linemen in the NFL and earned a spot in the Pro Bowl in 2014, but he struggled to stay out of trouble in the early years of his career.
According to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, the Jets were making calls to potentially trade Richardson. A few days before the 2017 NFL draft, Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan told NJ.com’s Connor Hughes that he wasn’t going to “speculate or comment on anything we’re doing.”
However, Maccagnan later said, “As a general manager, you’re looking at all the different ways you can change the team, improve the team, or help the team. You weigh everything as you come across it.”
The one-time Pro Bowler signed a four-year, $10 million rookie contract. But the Jets picked up the fifth-year option in his rookie deal, and Richardson was scheduled to make a little over $8 million in 2017. After that, Richardson was set to become a free agent in the 2018 offseason, so the Jets getting a second-round pick could end up being a good haul for a player who looked…Read More