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Jets Source: Trade for Richardson is “Ridiculous”

By Alan Schechter

Jan 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Trent Richardson (3) carries the ball during the BCS National Championship game agains the LSU Tigers at the Louisiana Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE

A source within the Jets is saying that basically, the Richardson talk is a smoke screen.

“It’s ridiculous,” the source said of the price tag to move up. In other words, unless Richardson unexpectedly slides, the Jets likely won’t get him. Tannenbaum and Co. believe as many as nine running backs who could make immediate contributions will be available in the first five rounds, so trading away multiple picks for Richardson probably won’t happen.

The Jets believe that there are as many as 9 running backs are available that can quickly contribute, so trading a huge amount of picks wouldn’t be prudent.

Ultimately, I believe this is how it will play out. Unless he slights to past the top 5, the scenario will be far too cost prohibitive. However, did anyone believe that the Jets would trade up to the top 5 to get Mark Sanchez, trading with a team that had a coach that they just fired? I know I didn’t.

My point? Put nothing past trader Mike, that’s all I am going to say.