New York Jets Daily, 12/21/17: A Sheldon Richardson return?
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A Sheldon Richardson comeback to the New York Jets? Plus, head coach Todd Bowles’ comments from his presser.

Say what now?

After a tumultuous parting this offseason, could the New York Jets and Sheldon Richardson be destined for a family reunion in 2018?

Well that’s what the gossip queen Manish Mehta has been saying on social media…

This story is also featured in our top three stories at the bottom of the article. It’s chock-full of some hidden sources indicating that both sides have mutual interest.

But detective Esden is back on the scene and wanted to explore the why in this equation:

  • WHY did these two initially split up?
    • Richardson’s immaturity knew no bounds from the speeding incident with a child, reported marijuana, and a loaded gun. To the snapchat video of vulgar language and topics right before he came out on the field. To the slew of suspensions he received from the league.
    • Plus, as he’s said publicly multiple times, he wants to be one of the highest paid players in league history.

Those were all the reasons they needed to pull the plug if the right offer came across and, guess what? It did. The Seattle Seahawks coughed up a premium pick (2018 second-rounder) and a veteran receiver (Jermaine Kearse) who ended up having a career year with Gang Green.

So why would the Jets bring him back after all that? I spoke with New York Jets Insider Joe Caporoso of TurnOnTheJets.com on Wednesday to answer that question…

In his mind, there’s a negative percent chance of that happening under the current regime (Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan). He said that scenario is more likely if the Jets clean house.

Getting back to the Manish report if you can call it that. The definition of mutual is “(of a feeling or action) experienced or done by each of two or more parties toward the other or others”, according to Webster.

So that means the Jets and Richardson would have to feel the same way. Well, according to Richardson, this is the first he’s heard of it.

Bob Condotta covers the Seattle Seahawks and other sports for The Seattle Times. Well, he spoke with Richardson and didn’t get the same response.

We won’t know the answer to this question until March of the new league year, but it’s safe to say Manish is alone on the thinking of a partnership, at least at this moment.

Ask and you shall receive: here’s the top quotes from the Todd Bowles’ presser thanks to the New York Jets Media Relations Department:

On today’s injury report…

Matt Forte did not practice, knee. Elijah McGuire did not practice, illness. Brian Winters did not practice, abdomen. Wesley Johnson did not practice, hip. Morris Claiborne did not practice, foot. Robby Anderson was limited, hamstring. Leonard Williams was limited, concussion.

On if there was any consideration to “shutting Wilkerson down” for the season…

I’ll leave those things to keep it inside. We talked about a lot of things. He served his sentence.

On if he has any regrets of trading Sheldon Richardson…

No, I don’t have too many regrets. We make moves and things happen.

On the decision to release Jeremy Kerley…

We have five wideouts. We have a punt returner. JoJo (Natson) is making strides as a punt and kick returner. There just wasn’t enough room.

Other Jets News, Stories

  • Jets Jamal Adams says he did ‘not at all’ play at Pro Bowl level in 2017 (Darryl Slater of NJ.com)
  • Jets want Sheldon Richardson and the feeling is mutual (Manish Mehta of New York Daily News)
  • Rookie Jamal Adams vows to never miss a Pro Bowl (Rich Cimini of ESPN New York)

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