Jets trade Sheldon Richardson to Seahawks for Jermaine Kearse

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Richardson's spot on the defensive line could be filled by Kony Ealy, whom the Jets claimed off waivers this week and who played well in the preseason finale against the Eagles on Thursday night.

Sheldon Richardson is no longer a Jet. However, previous year he caught less than half the passes that came his way, finishing with 41 receptions for 511 yards and one touchdown. He rated as Pro Football Focus' No. 19 edge defender last season and has been near the top of PFF's interior defenders list in previous years, joining teammates Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams.

The Hawks might be renting Richardson for the season if they do not want to pay him more next year.

He could be a starter in Seattle's base packages depending on what happens with Ahtyba Rubin, who may be traded, but Richardson's presence in Seattle's nickel pass-rush will make that foursome arguably the NFL's best. Plus, the NFL's cap figure might not be $178 million next year.

Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse #15 of the Seattle Seahawks on the sidelines during the National Football League game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. He's also said to have clashed with Jets coach Todd Bowles. Police say they found a loaded semi-automatic handgun under a floor mat and detected a strong marijuana odor. If Richardson leaves and gets a large contract, the Seahawks would likely get a 3rd round compensatory pick for Richardson. Today? They get a 2nd Round pick.

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In his sixth season out of Washington, Kearse has 153 receptions, 2,110 yards and 11 touchdowns in 69 career regular season games, all with the Seahawks.

The Jets are in the midst of a massive rebuilding project that has seen them cut tens of millions of dollars off their payroll.

But just as much as Kearse was known for catches like that, he was also known for dropping routine passes as well.

The Seahawks landing Richardson is scary for the rest of the NFC.

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