Seattle Seahawks have confirmed the trade made between them and the New York Jets. Seahawks have sent wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and a second-round pick in 2018 to the New York Jets in exchange for 26-year-old defensive end Sheldon Richardson. The teams have also swapped 7th round picks. Here is the official confirmation.
We have traded Jermaine Kearse & 2018 draft picks to the NY Jets for DT Sheldon Richardson & 2018 7th rd. pick.
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) September 1, 2017
Sheldon Richardson has been rumored to be on his way out of the Jets for some time now. Although he is considered to be one of the NFL’s best young defensive linemen, his talent was often overshadowed by the problems Richardson had off the pitch including suspensions for failing the league’s substance abuse policy, badmouthing his teammates, using profanity and failing to show up at team meetings. In 2015, Richardson also faced resisting arrest and traffic violations charges. He was found guilty and received 2 years probation.
Drafted by Jets in 2013 NFL Draft as the 13th overall pick, Richardson made the Pro Bowl selection in 2014 and received AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2013. In 2016, Richardson had 62 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He will be a free agent in 2018, so the package that the Jets got for him is maybe good enough, considering the possibility Richardson wasn’t all in about signing an extension.
With Kearse, Jets got a reliable starter who is still capable to provide occasional magic. Seattle Seahawks signed Jermaine Kearse in 2012 as an undrafted free agent. He won Super Bowl XLVIII with Seahawks and had 153 receptions, 2,110 receiving yards and 11 receiving touchdowns during his time at the team. Even if Kearse ends up having below average season, second-round pick from Seahawks will come in handy for the rebuilding process Jets are going through. Richardson brought problems that Jets don’t need in the time when they are trying to change the locker room culture and build a winning team.