The New York Jets have officially traded defensive end Sheldon Richardson to the Seattle Seahawks for a No. 1 wide receiver and a future draft pick. They finally did what needed to get done with him.
For months now, the New York Jets have done everything and anything when it came to finally trading defensive end Sheldon Richardson. The locker room cancer has officially been dealt and not for nothing, the Jets actually got some great value back in return.
As per Darryl Slater of NJ.com, he confirmed that the Jets and Seattle Seahawks made a trade that sends Richardson their way in exchange for wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and a 2nd Round draft pick. The Jets and Seahawks also swapped 7th Round draft picks for next year’s NFL Draft as well.
Needing help at wide receiver, adding Kearse to the roster officially makes him their premier receiving target thanks to everything he brings to the table. So far in his career, Kearse has totaled 2,109 receiving yards, 153 receptions, and 11 touchdowns. Kearse enters his sixth NFL season as he prepares to play for a team that could use his speed and route running to add another dimension to a lackluster offense.
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It’s no secret that Richardson has been causing more distractions than actually creating headlines for his play on the gridiron. From lewd and derogatory Snapchat videos to his off-the-field altercations, this is a move that needed to happen if the Jets are serious about establishing a better locker room culture.
The locker room of the Jets is filled with a plethora of young talent as some will develop into future leaders of the team. Richardson lacked maturity and the leadership needed to be in the long-term plans of the Jets as now that he’s no longer in the picture, the Jets can move on without having to worry about him causing more headaches.
Overall, the culture of the Jets just got better and now, one of their biggest distractions in the locker room has been shipped to the City of Flowers. Now, the Jets can focus on setting an example that just because you’re good on the football field doesn’t excuse you from being a professional off it.