Sheldon Richardson Reportedly Traded to Seattle; Jets Get Jermaine Kearse, Picks

Posted September 02, 2017

Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse #15 of the Seattle Seahawks on the sidelines during the National Football League game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.

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Seahawks owner Paul Allen expressed his regards for Kearse via Twitter.

A person with direct knowledge of the deal says the Seahawks acquired defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson from the New York Jets on Friday in exchange for wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and a second-round draft pick. Richardson was arrested in July 2015 for driving a 2014 Bentley Silver Spur at speeds up to 143 miles per hour on an interstate highway near his offseason home in Missouri.

Sheldon Richardson is heading to the Seattle Seahawks.

In Richardson-Kearse trade, Jets are getting Seahawks' 2018 second-round pick and teams also swapping 7th-round picks, per source.

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Richardson is heading into his 5-year in the NFL.

Kearse fills a major need for the Jets after losing Brandon Marshall and Devin Smith during the offseason.

In his sixth season out of Washington, Kearse has 153 receptions, 2,110 yards and 11 touchdowns in 69 career regular season games, all with the Seahawks.

NY will happily take on the draft capital as well considering they enter a rebuild with no clear answer at quarterback. The Jets extended Wilkerson on a five-year, $86 million deal in July 2016, rendering it unlikely the team would splash major cash to commit to Richardson in the long term. Last year, he posted just 1.5 sacks in 15 games, though he did add 62 tackles, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.

The Jets are in the midst of a massive rebuilding project that has seen them cut tens of millions of dollars off their payroll.

Kearse was a polarizing figure among fans but one of the most consistent wide receivers during Pete Carroll's tenure in Seattle.