Sheldon Richardson trade: Winners & Losers

Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (91) during first half against Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets continued their fire sale of quality players on Friday when they traded DE, Sheldon Richardson to the Seattle Seahawks for Jermaine Kearse and a 2nd round pick.


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The trade came quickly after rumors began circulating of the Seahawks shopping the receiver.

But who won this trade?

When looking at potential fits and future impact, it can be debated that there are multiple winners and losers in the midst of this trade.

  • Winner: Sheldon Richardson. The defensive lineman is moving on after putting up with a Jets front office that looks lost. Following recent drama, Richardson joins a Seattle team that arguably had the best defensive unit BEFORE he got there. His talent should mesh well with his newest counterparts, and success should be on the horizon.
  • Loser: Jermaine Kearse. The speedy receiver will likely miss having a composed and confident quarterback throwing to him. Kearse now goes from one of the league’s top teams, to one of the league’s lowest. While he may now emerge as the Jets’ No.1 receiver, he may become overshadowed and underwhelmed by the blanket of drama that comes with playing in New York.
  • Loser: Todd Bowles. While the 3rd year head coach likely realizes he has needed some receiving support for his young quarterbacks, he ultimately loses one of the most talented young players on the team. With his job on the line, it probably isn’t in his best interest to lose game-changing players for future endeavors. Bowles’ job just got a bit tougher as he finds himself on the early hot seat.
  • Winner: Mike Maccagnan. While the loss of talent for future advancement may put Bowles in a bad spot, that’s not necessarily the case for Mike. Maccagnan’s acquisition of a second round pick presents the feeling to fans and the media that the team is taking serious steps towards rebuilding. If Maccagnan at least makes it seem as if he already has a future plan in order, his job should be safe for the time being.

Winner: New York Jets. It was time for the Jets to move on from Richardson. The defensive end had been arrested, suspended twice, and disciplined multiple times during his tenure in New York. While his talent may have overshadowed that a bit, he was a distraction for a team that is working on getting younger. The Jets could no longer rely on him as a leader, which meant that he could no longer be a part of their future plans.

Winner: Seattle Seahawks. Yes, they won too. While they may have payed a decent amount, they definitely acquired a valuable asset in return. Richardson now joins a defensive unit with championship experience. With experience comes knowledge, and that should help Richardson get his act together while still maintaining his explosive athletic ability.

– Kyle Hirshkind is the Managing Editor for cover32/Jets and covers the New York Jets. Like and follow on


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