The Seattle Seahawks traded for Jets pro bowl defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. The Seahawks will send wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, a second-round pick and a seventh-round pick to the Jets.
Richardson is an athletic defensive lineman that has seen time at nose tackle, 3-technique, 3-4 defensive end and 3-4 outside linebacker. In the Seattle defense, he will fit in as the starting 3-technique.
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Richardson adds a brand-new dynamic to the Seattle defense, a pass rushing defensive tackle. He will be able to bring interior pressure, which the Seahawks defense has lacked since their 2013 Super Bowl season. When Richardson played exclusively as a defensive tackle, he recorded 11.5 sacks in 2013 and 2014 seasons. But when they started to move him around the defense the last two years, his sack numbers dropped to only 6.5 total sacks in 2015 and 2016. In his career, Richardson has a total of 18 sacks and 240 total tackles in 58 games over a four-year span.
With Jermaine Kearse now in the fold for the Jets, they now have a veteran in the wide receiver room. Kearse will easily fit in as the Jets number one receiver. But the 27-year-old receiver is still young enough to contribute when the Jets are ready to compete again.
Kearse had a down year in 2016, with 41 receptions, 510 yards and a touchdown. He had a catch rate of only 46.1%. The year prior, Kearse had a career year with 49 receptions, 685 yards and five touchdowns. He also had a catch rate of 72.1%. Kearse was losing ground with many young receivers excelling for the Seahawks this preseason.
The main part of this trade for the Jets is the addition of the second-round pick. New York has unloaded almost all their talented players to start a full rebuild. They also sent their own seventh-round pick in exchange for Seattle’s seventh rounder.
Richardson is due to be a free agent at the end of the season. It is uncertain whether the Seahawks plan to sign him past the season with their tight salary cap.
According to Ian Rapoport, the Seahawks are now looking to move defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin. Jarran Reed will likely play next to Richardson, with Nazair Jones being in the rotation.