Jets trade Sheldon Richardson to Seattle for Jermaine Kearse, 2nd round pick

Jets trade Sheldon Richardson to Seattle for Jermaine Kearse, 2nd round pick

2016 also was not a great year for Richardson production-wise, but for most of his career, the 2013 first-round pick has been an important piece of New York's defense. "Got to roll with the punches".

"Obviously I want to be here", Kearse said, via the Seattle Times.

Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (91) recovers the fumble after he hit Buffalo Bills defensive back Jonathan Dowling (31) during the 3rd quarter at MetLife Stadium. The Jets have been talking to teams about potentially trading him for awhile. He's one of the better interior linemen in the league when motivated. "Sheldon was part of that, but in return, it allowed us to entertain options. It was an opportunity to acquire some draft capital and also acquire an element to our team, not just from a talent standpoint, but from a character and intangible standpoint in the receiver room".

There was also a little cost in re-working the contract of Doug Baldwin to convert most of his 2017 salary into signing bonus, allowing the Seahawks to gain nearly $6 million in cap room for this year, cap hits that the team will now take in 2018, 2019 and 2020. The move cleared over 5-million dollars in cap space.

Richardson's immaturity has been a concern to some people in the organization.

He could be a starter in Seattle's base packages depending on what happens with Ahtyba Rubin, who may be traded, but Richardson's presence in Seattle's nickel pass-rush will make that foursome arguably the NFL's best.

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But he was suspended twice for off the field incidents.

Seattle was poised to make a move after restructuring wide receiver Doug Baldwin's contract earlier on Friday.

The Seahawks are probably not done moving players.

Richardson told Anderson that he is flying to Seattle on Friday night.

Information from ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini was used in this report.

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