TACOMA, Wash --- Seattle Seahawks trade WR Jermaine Kearse, a 2nd round pick and a 7th round pick for the New York Jets DE Sheldon Richardson and a 7th round pick.
In Richardson-Kearse trade, Jets are getting Seahawks' 2018 second-round pick and teams also swapping 7th-round picks, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 1, 2017
The Seahawks defense has been its strong point for years, and now it just got better.
According to ESPN.com the Hawks pulled off this trade on Friday.
Sheldon Richardson is a defensive lineman who was drafted number 13 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Jets. He was the AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year that year and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2014.
The @Seahawks defense just got even more stacked?
Sheldon Richardson's 2016 highlights! pic.twitter.com/yjFtN14VuF— NFL (@NFL) September 1, 2017
Richardson is a versatile lineman who can line up outside or inside. This move could be insurance for Malik McDowell’s injury, because Richardson is in the last year of his rookie deal and is due to make $8 million this year.
The Hawks might be renting Richardson for the season if they do not want to pay him more next year.
Jermaine Kearse has been a Seahawk his entire career. He was an undrafted rookie out of the University of Washington in 2012 when the Seahawks signed him.
He had 153 catches in 69 games and 11 touchdowns over the five years he was with the team.
He was a steady producer who made some big plays for the Hawks, but was never a consistent game breaker even when he did things like this.
February 10, 2017
#8. Jermaine Kearse's juggling 33-yard reception in SBXLIX vs the Patriots.
"It's.... CAUGHT! Seattle's going to the Super Bowl! Jermaine Kearse!" - Joe Buck pic.twitter.com/EsJqagP76b— ⓔⓥⓐⓝ (@TablerDotCom) August 30, 2017
Many fans are sad to see him go because he was a homegrown product who the Hawks took a chance on.
We wish Kearse the best in New York and we welcome Richardson to the team. Hopefully this move works out for both teams.