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Sheldon Richardson needs to be released immediately

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Sheldon Richardson #91 of the New York Jets warms up prior to playing the Oakland Raiders in their NFL game at O.co Coliseum on November 1, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Sheldon Richardson #91 of the New York Jets warms up prior to playing the Oakland Raiders in their NFL game at O.co Coliseum on November 1, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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No matter the cost, the New York Jets must cut Sheldon Richardson, now.

The New York Jets are in a lose-lose situation with Sheldon Richardson in 2017. On the one hand, they want to show the team wants its players to be accountable for their actions. So, cutting Richardson would be the obvious recourse. It would show that the team has its pulse on the fan base, too, because the fans are finally tired of Richardson, and they’d be getting rid of a talented player and potentially hurting the team.

On the other hand, the Jets owe him $8 million guaranteed, and they don’t want to eat the money. Richardson is loving life at the moment.

However, as Rich Cimini of ESPN showed us, he’s willing to say and do almost whatever he wants, because he knows there will be no repercussions:

That man knows what he did to the locker room. I was the one who addressed it and I would still address it to this day. If he can’t come out [in the] media and tell ’em what he did and how he actually quit on his team way before the season was over, that’s all in itself.

That latest quote was about Brandon Marshall. He has no business bringing up old stuff or caring about the now New York Giants wide receiver.

This should be the straw that breaks the camel’s back in a long string of events, even though it should’ve been handled last offseason.

First, he was suspended for using marijuana, which by the way requires multiple failed tests to even garner a suspension. Second, he said after that, it would be the last time his name would be in the headlines for all the long reasons.

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He said this fully knowing he had been arrested. He was arrested for evading police at 143 MPH. When he was caught, the police found a minor in the back seat, a loaded gun, and according to police, the car smelled like marijuana.

Then, he told the media that the Jets had good deals on the table for him, but the teams wanted him to take a pay cut. That information didn’t need to be divulged. Now he’s unnecessarily talking about Marshall which again, is out of place.

The Jets shouldn’t wait. The New England Patriots subscribe to the philosophy that it’s better to cut a player one year too early rather than one year too late. In this case, it would be better late than never. Don’t let the Richardson cancer spread through the locker room and poison the young players.

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