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Jets trade star defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson

NFL: New York Jets at Buffalo Bills Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Make no mistake, Miami’s green-clad AFC East rivals up north are going all in on a full scale rebuild.

According to NFL Network Insiders Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo, the New York Jets are trading Pro Bowl defensive end Sheldon Richardson to the Seattle Seahawks. In return, the Jets will obtain wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and a 2018 second-round pick. The teams will also swap 2018 seventh-round picks.

Over four years with the Jets, Richardson’s production has been all over the place. After recording eight sacks and 67 tackles in 2014, the high profile defensive lineman has seen his play trail off, culminating in a career low 1.5 sacks this past season. Richardson has also become known for his immaturity and other off-the-field shenanigans that have caused the team to leave him on the trade block for quite some time.

Kearse played with the Seahawks for five seasons as a rotational pass catcher alongside the likes of Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett. His best season came in 2015 when he played all 16 games and accumulated 685 yards on top of five touchdowns. He should see valuable playing time in a Jets receiving corps that leaves much to be desired, especially after primary wideout Quincy Enunwa was lost for the season with neck injury.

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