The Jets entertained offers for pass rusher Sheldon Richardson prior to last year’s trade deadline, and Gang Green will “almost certainly” keep trying to deal him this offseason, reports Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. While New York is likely to ask for a first-round pick in exchange for Richardson (as the club reportedly did in 2016), the Jets will likely have to settle for less attractive compensation, such as a third-rounder, per Cimini.
At least two known clubs — the Broncos and Cowboys — expressed interest in Richardson near last season’s trade deadline. Dallas, specifically, made an offer for Richardson, but it wasn’t enough for the Jets to part ways with the former first-round pick. Theoretically, the Cowboys could still be intrigued by Richardson’s talents as they seek to rebuild their lackluster pass rush. Denver, meanwhile, once again fielded one of the league’s best defenses in 2016, but might be able to use another pass rusher next year, especially if DeMarcus Ware leaves town.
Richardson certainly has his warts, however, which could contribute to a limited trade market. For one, the 26-year-old wasn’t all that effective last season, as he managed only 1.5 sacks in 15 games (though he still graded out as the NFL’s No. 31 edge defender, per Pro Football Focus). Richardson also comes with off-field question marks, as he has a substance abuse suspension in his past, and has dealt with commitment and tardiness issues.
Additionally, Richardson is only under contract for one more season. In 2017, Richardson will earn $8.069MM under the terms of his fifth-year option before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2018.
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