March 21 2018

Seahawks and Jets swap Jermaine Kearse and Sheldon Richardson

March 21 2018, 10:18 | Sammy Rose

Jermaine Kearse now a member of the Jets hauls in a touchdown grab against the Packers in 2015

Jermaine Kearse now a member of the Jets hauls in a touchdown grab against the Packers in 2015

DT Sheldon Richardson is heading to Seattle, while at least one draft pick and WR Jermaine Kearse is heading to NY. Primarily a defensive tackle, Richardson had eight sacks in 2014, the year he was selected to the Pro Bowl.

The Jets are also getting Seattle's 2018 second-round draft pick, and the teams are swapping seventh-round picks, a source said.

That said, yes, the lopsided nature of the skill sets between Richardson and Kearse exists, but don't sleep on the second-round pick, a very important asset for a rebuilding team. "It allows them the salary cap space to take on Richardson's deal".

Richardson had been a member of the only overstocked position on the Jets. They've chosen to build the defensive front around Williams and Wilkerson, even though Richardson still might possess the most upside as a pass rusher. The team claimed defensive lineman Kony Ealy off of waivers earlier this week. Last season he had just one touchdown reception, while catching only 46.1% of the throws made in his direction. So it's not as if he had been an essential part of the defense anyway.

"Sheldon was in the option year of his contract. Short-term and long-term, we're still committed to building this thing through the draft".

Russell Wilson calls Jermaine Kearse 'as clutch as it gets.'
Russell Wilson calls Jermaine Kearse'as clutch as it gets

One of the biggest issues the Seahawks have faced heading into the 2017 season is the impact that rookie Malik McDowell's injury had on depth for the defensive line. He went from one of the worst teams in the National Football League to one of the best.

Now they're going to be even more unsafe than they were before, thanks to a savvy trade with the New York Jets. He has been in the league for five seasons yet still fits the youth movement at only 27 years old.

Especially now with Brandon Marshall gone, and Devin Smith injured (again), this is the worst that New York's receiver room has looked in years.

Including how to sort out a crowded wide-receiver battle for many three open roster spots.

#8. Jermaine Kearse's juggling 33-yard reception in SBXLIX vs the Patriots. While the Seahawks are thinking Super Bowl, the more realistic goal for the Jets is Sam Darnold. Another ex-Husky, Kasen Williams, has had a great preseason, and the coaches are high on the upside of rookie third-rounder Amara Darboh of MI.

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