After close to two years of on and off speculation regarding the Jets’ efforts to deal star defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, Mike Maccagnan has finally pulled the trigger on a deal that will send the highly talented, yet equally polarizing defensive lineman to the Seahawks in exchange for a Jermaine Kearse and an undisclosed draft pick.
Jets trading DL Sheldon Richardson to Seattle for WR Jermaine Kearse and draft considerations, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 1, 2017
Ian Rapoport of the NFL network says that he expects the pick to be a 2nd or 3rd rounder.
Deal being discussed since mid-August involved Sheldon Richardson going to #Seahawks in exchange for Jermaine Kearse & a 2nd or 3rd rd pick
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 1, 2017
The trade follows recent speculation that the Jets were once again actively trying to move Richardson after reportedly turning down a second round pick at the trade deadline last season from the Dallas Cowboys.
*Corrected from the original story, the Jets will save $5.6 million as a result of the trade, the difference between Richardson and Kearse’s respective salaries.