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Jets might have to settle for less when trading Sheldon Richardson

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Dec 29, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (91) reacts during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 29, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (91) reacts during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Jets intend to get as much as they can if they plan to trade defensive end, Sheldon Richardson, at some point this offseason. Unfortunately, they’re going to have to settle for much less in such a move.

For all the headaches defensive end Sheldon Richardson has brought to the New York Jets over the past few years, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find potential teams willing to trade for him. He has his best football years ahead of him but being suspended twice by the NFL due to violating their substance abuse policy puts up a lot of red flags for anyone willing to give him another chance.

The Jets don’t really need him anymore as their defensive line is stacked with talent from Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, and even Steve McLendon all being more than enough talent up front. Richardson is expendable in the grand scheme of things but unfortunately, from viral Snapchat profanity-laced videos to being late to team meetings during the regular season, means the Jets will have to settle for less in return if they do ship him out of town.

Since the 2017 NFL Draft is on the horizon, a trade involving Richardson might transpire with a team willing to take him in for a late-round draft pick or two. It actually would make sense for the Jets to include Richardson in some kind of packaged deal since it’s doubtful any team will take him alone since it looks like he drew little to no interest so far this offseason.

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It’s a shame since Richardson has the potential to really be a force to reckon with on the field. It’s a classic case of a player that is lost and unwilling to get the professional help needed to consistently focus on what is truly important. Richardson seems immature and acts like he doesn’t understand that he’s not making the most of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It’s not easy to make it in the NFL, let alone be a player worthy of starting and making an impact where it matters most.

Now, the Jets face some tough decisions as to what they can get back for him in a trade but they can’t head into next season with him still on the roster. He’s had disputes with teammates, doesn’t show that he has a sense of urgency for the franchise he plays for, and above all else, is taking up a spot for another player that would be willing to make the most out of such an opportunity.

Realistically, if the Jets can trade him for a fourth or even a fifth round pick, it’s best they do it now before it’s too late. Time is ticking and it’s important to have a better culture this upcoming season by having players that want to be on the Jets and willing to do whatever it takes to win. Unfortunately, Richardson is a lost cause as it’s best to cut ties with him this offseason, get something back for him that will give the Jets another pick or two in this year’s draft and continue the rebuilding process.

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