March 22 2018

Sheldon Richardson and Jermaine Kearse traded

March 22 2018, 03:55 | Sammy Rose

Sheldon Richardson and Jermaine Kearse traded

Sheldon Richardson and Jermaine Kearse traded

Conventional wisdom says a talent-deficient team should never give up the most valuable commodity in its sport, at least on goal, but that's exactly what the New York Jets did on Friday by shipping veteran defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson to Seattle for receiver Jermaine Kearse and a 2018 second-round pick.

Kearse, a native of Lakewood, Wash. and former University of Washington standout, has spent five seasons with the Seahawks.

He had 153 catches in 69 games and 11 touchdowns over the five years he was with the team.

What the game will also allow is one last chance for the Seahawks to evaluate players who are battling not just for a roster spot but for a specific role with the team.

The one-time Pro Bowler signed a four-year, $10 million rookie contract. But his contract coupled with less expensive receivers the team might like to keep around - as well as the probability that Kearse wouldn't be with the team in 2018 regardless of what happens this season because of his salary cap hit - may have the team considering its options. The Seahawks ranked fifth in the National Football League in total defense last season (318.7 yards per game), third in points allowed (18.3), and tied for third in sacks (42).

The Seahawks have a logjam of proven plus talented wide receiver. With a healthy Earl Thomas returning in addition to playmakers like Bobby Wagner, Michael Bennett, Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman and so on, it's just a formality that they'd be able to dominate again.

"Really impressive deal - although we don't know what draft pick the Seahawks sent to the Jets along with Kearse". Seattle also added a pair of receivers in the draft, third-round pick Amara Darboh and seventh-rounder David Moore, and while J.D.

Tanner McEvoy's emergence last season as an unlikely, undrafted wide receiver and former college quarterback further muddles the roster calculus involving Kearse.

I expect Richardson to have a big season.

We wish Kearse the best in NY and we welcome Richardson to the team. The best thing for him could be to try to get on with Kyle Shanahan and the San Francisco 49ers to back up Bryan Hoyer and learn the offense from the ground up. Cruz's best season was in 2011 when he caught 82 passes for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns.

"Positivity-we preach it all the time", Kearse said after his most triumphant Seahawks moment, after that overtime catch won the NFC title in January 2015.

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