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Seahawks trade Jermaine Kearse to Jets for defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson

02 September 2017

On Saturday, the Jets shipped the troubled defensive end to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for receiver Jermaine Kearse and a 2018 second-round pick.

Richardson had 38 tackles and 24 assists with the Jets. The MMQB's Albert Breer reported New York's second-round pick is conditional and could become a third. Kearse's addition should drive back Anderson's fantasy value, but not by much. The Seahawks might be interested in Richardson as a long-term piece along their already formidable defense.

Richardson has tallied 18 sacks in his four seasons in the National Football League but had just one sack for NY in 2016.

In his sixth season out of Washington, Kearse has 153 receptions, 2,110 yards and 11 touchdowns in 69 career regular season games, all with the Seahawks.

It's not a surprise to see the Jets move on from Richardson; the team reportedly has been trying to trade the 26-year old, who was the 13th overall pick in 2013, for quite some time, and according to NFL Network, Seattle and NY have deliberated this exchange for weeks.

One day before 53-man roster cuts, the Seahawks pulled off a big deal with the Jets. He won Defensive Rookie of the Year that season and made the Pro Bowl the next season, but multiple suspensions since 2015 contributed to disappointing performance over the past two years. He joins a loaded Seahawks defense that is among the best in the NFL.

Sheldon Richardson is no longer a Jet.

Richardson's fate in NY was likely sealed after the Jets drafted Leonard Williams sixth overall in the 2015 NFL Draft. Given that he's also entering the final year of his rookie contract, per Spotrac.com, he'll be playing for a lucrative contract next offseason as well.

Richardson is a versatile lineman who can line up outside or inside. But the Jets have very few such players. Last season, he caught 41 passes for 510 yards with 1 TD.

Seahawks trade Jermaine Kearse to Jets for defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson