Reports have surfaced that the New York Jets have contacted the Dallas Cowboys about a potential trade involving Sheldon Richardson. Although a deal for the former Rookie of the Year remains unlikely, could this mean that Richardson’s time in New York is approaching its’ end?
When the New York Jets signed star defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson to a massive five-year deal last July, rumors swirled that Sheldon Richardson could be the odd man out in the Big Apple.
Those speculations were re-sparked this morning when ESPN.com’s Todd Archer reported that the Jets called the Dallas Cowboys about possibly piecing a deal together for Richardson on before today’s 4 p.m. ET trade deadline. Archer noted Dallas declined, citing Richardson’s criminal history and his big contract next year.
Although a deal for Richardson remains unlikely at the moment, this report confirms that the Jets are in fact shopping the former Missouri star. With a huge payday looming for 2015 first round pick Leonard Williams and a brutal need for secondary help, it appears that the Jets won’t be able to afford to extend Richardson after next year. If the Jets don’t think they can extend Richardson, then a trade is necessary for the 25-year old, who would definitely bring back a solid return.
Keep a look out for future rumblings on this situation.
Update: The Jets are actively shopping Richardson, via Pro Football Talk.
Source says Jets are "actively shopping" Sheldon Richardson as trade deadline approaches.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) November 1, 2016
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) November 1, 2016