Seahawks trading Jermaine Kearse to Jets for DL Sheldon Richardson

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu has words for Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane after catching a 3rd quarter pass as the Seattle Seahawks play the Atlanta Falcons in a divisional round playoff game

The veteran wide receiver was all set to be a contributor for the powerhouse Seattle Seahawks this season, but now he's reportedly headed to the Jets, perhaps the worst team in the NFL.

For the Seahawks, the addition of Richardson means that they're going to have one of the scariest defensive lines in the league, with Richardson joining Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett and Frank Clark.

The Jets took another step toward the No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft on Friday, trading stud defensive end Sheldon Richardson to Seattle for Kearse and a second-round pick.

Will Richardson enjoy a bounceback season in Seattle? The 26-year-old was named the Defensive Rookie of the Year after being selected by the Jets with the 13th overall pick in 2013. Each of the four profile as an explosive, twitchy pass rusher. Richardson isn't a winning player. With an aging Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona still has its primary contributors. On July 14 of that year, 12 days after his drug ban was announced, Richardson was arrested for driving 143 miles per hour during an apparent road race in St. Charles County, Missouri. The teams will also swap seventh-round picks in next year's draft.

Now, Richardson can bridge the gap for McDowell in 2017 (it is undetermined how long McDowell will be absent) or be the long term staple to ensure a productive 3 technique for the foreseeable future.

It shouldn't be too surprising that the team made an aggressive move, as the team has been trying to upgrade its defensive interior for years. They have a track record of taking players labeled "hard to deal with" and dealing with them properly while seeing high-end results on the field.

The other beneficiaries of this trade for Seattle?

Starting alongside K.J Wright and Bobby Wagner as an outside linebacker is the likeliest scenario.

The @Seahawks defense just got even more stacked? Today? They get a 2nd Round pick. Kearse now assumes that role, basically by default. Most notably, Kasen Williams and Paul Richardson figure to get boundary WR reps. Now that Muhammad Wilkerson has received his big contract, there really was no way for the team to pay the both of them.

Seattle was already a contender in the NFC.

As Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk notes, Richardson is set to make a little more than $8 million this season after NY exercised his option.

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