ESPN The Seattle Seahawks traded receiver Jermaine Kearse to the New York Jets on Friday for defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson. The Jets also get Seattle’s 2018 second-round draft pick, and the teams swapped seventh-round picks. Kearse, 27, has been a starter for the Seahawks since 2014 but is coming off a down season in which he caught 41 passes for 510 yards and one touchdown. He was briefly supplanted as Seattle’s No. 2 receiver behind Doug Baldwin, but he reclaimed that role when Tyler Lockett suffered a season-ending leg injury in December. Richardson, 26, has spent his entire four-year career with the Jets. The former Defensive Rookie of the Year made the Pro Bowl in 2014.
I love his trade for the Seattle Seahawks, Sheldon Richard can be a dominant player, but he has issues off or the field and needed to go to a mature organization with strong leadership to keep him in check. That’s not the rebuilding New York Jets who are hitting the reset button, and that is the Seattle Seahawks, where there is plenty of veteran leadership to keep the immature Sheldon Richardson focused. Mark my words, Sheldon Richardson will make big plays in key situations for the Seahawks defense this season, he will contribute for a contender.
This is a good deal for the Jets too, they did not need the outspoken and immature Sheldon Richardson in a young locker on a rebuilding team, they get a veteran at their weakest position (besides QB) wide receiver in Jermaine Kesrse in the deal, whole adding an important second round pick to continue their rebuild in the 2018 Draft. The Jets will continue to tank, or Dump For Darnold, as they continue to stockpile assets for the 2018 NFL Draft.