Manish Mehta of the New York Daily news is reporting that during a sit down interview with Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, the highly talented defender opened up about the team’s efforts to trade him last season, naming a pair of teams that showed a very real interest in his services.
“It’s a business, bro,” Richardson told the Daily News during a lengthy and open discussion about his future. “There was one team that asked me to take a pay cut … and it was Seattle. And Washington too. There were a lot of offers. A lot of good offers. You’d be surprised.”
Richardson remains one of the most polarizing players on the Jets roster as somebody who is easily a top three talent on this team, but whose off-field issues make him a risk to miss significant time should there be any additional transgressions.
Don’t be surprised if Jets GM Mike Maccganan re-visits the option of trading Richardson before the deadline again this year, as he did this year, if Richardson is indeed playing at a level that would make teams more amenable to parting with a higher draft pick, without asking Richardson to take a pay cut.