Yesterday, the Seattle Seahawks traded WR Jermaine Kearse, a 2018 2nd round pick, & a 2018 7th round pick to the New York Jets in exchange for DE Sheldon Richardson & a 2018 7th round pick. This brings an end to a 2 year-long saga that made everyone wonder if he would be traded or not. Let’s analyze the trade:
This is a bit of a surprising move for Seattle since they already have 2 dominant DEs, Cliff Avril & Michael Bennett. But if they can discipline him then he could be a dominant force on their defense. He totaled 6.5 sacks in the last two seasons, which is not great for a player with his caliber. Seattle should be able to figure out how to get the best out of Richardson.
Here’s what Seattle’s DL looks like after this trade:
DE Michael Bennett, David Bass
DT Sheldon Richardson, Ahtyba Rubin
DT Jarran Reed, Nazair Jones
DE Cliff Avril, Frank Clark
“Another team wanted me,” Richardson told ESPN’s Josina Anderson. “Got to roll with the punches. I’m happy for the situation I’m in now. Fresh start.
This move is not as surprising for the Jets, since they look to be tanking and loading up on future draft picks. New York also improves on their weak WR core with the addition of Kearse. Kearse, a starter for Seattle since 2014 hauled in 41 receptions for 511 yards and 1 TD last season. He has been with the Seahawks since Seattle signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2012. Kearse is a huge addition to their depleted WR core, so they will look for him to take on a big role within their offense, along with mentoring their young WRs. Kearse is due $2.2M this season.
Here’s what the Jets WRs look like after this trade: