Jets Acquire WR Kearse & 2nd Round-Pick, Send Richardson to Seattle

Beth Cruz
September 2, 2017

"We obviously think very highly of Sheldon", Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan said in a conference call with reporters.

Seahawks owner Paul Allen expressed his regards for Kearse via Twitter.

The New York Jets are done with Sheldon Richardson and sent him to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and draft picks that have yet to be revealed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

A trade candidate for more than a year, Richardson will leave the Jets after four tumultuous, yet productive, seasons and join the Seahawks. The two sides also agreed to swap seventh-round selections in next April's Draft.

The 26-year-old Richardson was the 12 overall pick in 2013 out of Missouri and has started four years for the Jets, named the defensive rookie of the year in 2013 and to the Pro Bowl in 2014.

The acquisition of Richardson strengthens what was already one of the NFL's better front sevens, and it gives the Seahawks the interior pass-rusher they thought they were getting with top pick Malik McDowell, who might miss his rookie season following an ATV accident. He'll immediately become a primary target with a Jets team in desperate need of experienced pass receiving options. Kearse's best season was 2015 when he had 49 receptions and five touchdowns in the regular season. The 2013 first-round pick is scheduled to be a free agent in March and was owed $8.1 million this year.

NY will happily take on the draft capital as well considering they enter a rebuild with no clear answer at quarterback.

But he was suspended twice for off the field incidents.

The Jets are in the midst of a massive rebuilding project that has seen them cut tens of millions of dollars off their payroll.

The next couple of days will be fretful ones for many players around the league and that group looks like it will include Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse.

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