National Football League trade rumors: Seahawks trade Jermaine Kearse to Jets for Sheldon Richardson

Rachel Hardy
September 2, 2017

Richardson is making a guaranteed $8.1 million and the Jets have been trying to trade him since last October because they anticipate losing him as a free agent after this season, ESPN reported.

DT Sheldon Richardson is heading to Seattle, while at least one draft pick and WR Jermaine Kearse is heading to NY.

The Seattle Seahawks have officially parted ways with wide receiver Jermaine Kearse.

Kearse, 27, signed a three-year deal to remain with the Seahawks last offseason but has an opt-out clause in his contract following the 2017 season, according to Spotrac.

Seattle will also send a 2018 second-round pick to the Jets and the clubs will swap seventh-round picks in 2018 as part of the deal. He totaled 153 receptions for 2,110 yards and 11 touchdowns with Seattle.

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The Jets ended up choosing Wilkerson to re-sign, and Williams has three years remaining on his contract.

A trade candidate for more than a year, Richardson will leave the Jets after four tumultuous, yet productive, seasons and join the Seahawks. However, it wouldn't surprise me if Kearse ultimately led NY in receiving when it's all said and done. Richardson started 14 contests in 2016, registering 72 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

The former first-round pick also had his issues off the field, including a failed drug test that resulted in him being suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season.

The move gives the Jets the veteran receiver they need to bolster an inexperienced group while parting ways with Richardson, something they have been seeking to do for some time.

The next couple of days will be fretful ones for many players around the league and that group looks like it will include Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse. The 2013 Defensive Rookie of the Year, Richardson has never played in a 4-3 base set in the pros but has rushed from inside in Jets sub-packages and is obviously a proven talent.

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