Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (91) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Trade Sheldon Richardson, Brandon Marshall and Calvin Pryor

Get rid of the age and the troublemakers. This will be the theme for the green and white in a few months.

First on the docket? Sheldon Richardson.

Much like missing the window to move Darrelle Revis to safety, Mike Maccagnan also missed the window to trade Sheldon. He had a shot this past trade deadline, but remained stubborn and wouldn’t accept anything less than a first round pick for the former first round selection.

Now that the window has been missed and Richardson has fully showcased his true knucklehead persona, he’d be lucky to get a third rounder.

But that’s the price the Jets will have to pay for handing over 10 bags full of money to Muhammad Wilkerson and creating this surplus at the interior defensive line spot.

Now, Maccagnan needs to accept whatever he can get for Richardson and clear around $8 million in cap space.

Others on the chopping block include 32-year old Brandon Marshall and safety Calvin Pryor. B-Marsh, while he wouldn’t net much in return (at best, a mid-round pick), would clear at least $6 million in space, if traded.

Pryor’s potential exit is a bit trickier. He’s on the books for another two years and is still on his rookie deal, so his departure wouldn’t save much. His possible departure would bring a headline of ridding the Jets of a poor covering safety, rather than money.

The Jets trading this offseason will sting, but it’s the price to pay for such an aggressive 2015 offseason. It won’t net much in return. It’ll only free up necessary cap space for long-term growth.


  1. I really enjoyed reading this, it’s a sound plan. Nobody is going to completely agree with everything, but for the most part this makes sense. The Jets will be battling with 31 other teams when it comes to Free Agency. I like the idea of trying to acquire Glennon & Gilmour as it fills imediatte needs with young FA’s. The Jets will also want to keep OLG B. Winters, finishing the season on IR just may help that cause? NFL scouting is every bit as important as NCAA. This team is not a player or two away so attracting talented players and not losing any will be a difficult task.

    The team will have to rid itself of the aging vets who are overpaid. Mac didn’t structure contracts in a way which marries the Jets to any of these problems. I’m thinking CP will return at SS, and agree with the other departures. The Patriots have been able to do all of the above hence the long term success.

    The Jets train wreck of a season that started off with promise will end with the team drafting early. Like yourself I hope to see the Jets trade back a few spaces and repeat. This is easier said than done. This draft has plenty of talented DB’s but the OT position has but a few players who currently look to be mid to late 1st rounders. One you failed to mention is the OT from Wisconsin. A lot will change between now and then but a priority lies with building an O-Line. Where is B. Callahan when you need him?

    After watching T. Bowles and his coaching staff in year #2, I became convinced the Jets have one of the worst coaching staffs in the NFL. When you lose control of your locker room there is no hope. While T. Bowles is a nice guy that’s not what this team needs. It’s time to find an Offensive mind at HC, this is crucial when your rebuilding an O-Line and developing a QB. There are many qualified candidates available, we all would benefit by Woody getting the ambassador to the U.K. post. It would allow someone else to take over the day to day operations of our beloved team. A GM should be able to select his own HC. To borrow an analogy from The Big Tuna, otherwise your groceries will spoil or fail to be properly cooked.