On NFL cut day, the New York Jets made waves by trading star defensive tackle (and perhaps only somewhat talented player on their entire roster) Sheldon Richardson to the Seattle Seahawks for wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and a second round draft pick, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Richardson’s name had been publicly rumored to be shopped around by the Jets, and today’s trade officially sends him out of New York, as he has publicly displayed his dissatisfaction with the organization on several occasions.
I would say that the Seahawks are the obvious winners here, getting a young, top defensive threat while only giving away Kearse and a future pick. While I would consider Kearse to be one of the most under appreciated receivers in the league, Seattle has some of the best wide receiver depth in the NFL, and gaining Richardson is going to be a game changer in my opinion, catapulting them up to becoming a potential Super Bowl contender. The Jets are completely cleaning house, and rightfully so, and picking up Kearse is something tangible that they can try to build their new team around.