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Jets to trade Sheldon Richardson to Seahawks

02 September 2017

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network said the Seahawks had been discussing a deal involving Richardson going to the Seahawks in exchange for Kearse and draft considerations since mid-August.

For Kearse, it marks the end of an era, as the Lakewood native will continue his playing career somewhere else than the Pacific Northwest.

The Jets made their latest big offseason move - a trade this time - on Friday, when they sent defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson to Seattle.

Just over 24 hours from the 53-man roster deadline, the New York Jets and the Seattle Seahawks have pulled off a monster trade. In addition, Adam Schefter reports the teams will swap seventh-round picks.

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The Jets upgraded at wide receiver now with Kearse on the depth chart. He's coming off a bit of a down year, with 62 tackles but only 1.5 sacks.

One year later, he earned his only Pro Bowl invitation to date after recording eight sacks and setting the pace for a NY defensive line that was especially stingy to opposing ballcarriers. In five seasons in Seattle, Kearse has 153 catches for 2,109 yards and 11 TDs.

Kearse signed a $13.5 million, three-year deal with the Seahawks before the 2016 season but became expendable because of Seattle's depth at wide receiver. He's started all but three games over the last three years and should be a reliable target for whoever starts at quarterback in NY.

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. In his first two seasons, Richardson won Defensive Rookie of the Year and was named to the Pro Bowl in his second year. The move cleared over 5-million dollars in cap space. He played at Lakes High School, then the University of Washington before being signed as an undrafted free agent by the Seahawks in 2012.

Jets to trade Sheldon Richardson to Seahawks