The New York Jets pulled off a huge trade that sees Sheldon Richardson shipped to the Seattle Seahawks and a solid wide receiver/draft pick earned in the process.
The New York Jets have traded Sheldon Richardson to the Seattle Seahawks for Jermaine Kearse and a 2018 second round pick, both teams will also be swapping 7th round picks as per Darryl Slater of NJ.com. The two teams have been discussing a potential trade for the past few weeks.
Richardson is a very talented player, but he was coming off of a bad season. He will be a free agent after this season and we don’t know weather the Jets would have been willing to give him a big contract. The Jets have been talking to teams about potentially trading him for awhile.
At the 2017 NFL Draft, the Jets were looking to trade him and at the time the reports were that they would have been lucky to get a 4th Round pick. Today? They get a 2nd Round pick. Definitely a win for the Jets.
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Just by getting the 2nd Round pick, the Jets made a good trade, but as you know, that isn’t all they were able to acquire from the Seahawks.
The Jets upgraded at wide receiver now with Kearse on the depth chart. He’ll be the team’s best receiver by a wide margin. But for him, it’s not just about this season.
He is under contract until 2019. He will help out whoever the Jets decide to put at quarterback for awhile. Is he by any means a No. 1 receiver? No, but he is a solid player and he will without a doubt provide some help.
Will Richardson enjoy a bounceback season in Seattle? Will Kearse have a breakout year in New York? Will the Jets draft a stud with the 2nd Round pick Seattle gave them? We don’t know the answers to any of those questions yet, but what we do know is that the Jets were able to get a lot for a guy in a contract year coming off of a bad season.