Jason Cole of B/R reports that the Cowboys did, in fact, make an offer to the Jets for DL Sheldon Richardson before Tuesday’s trade deadline. However, Cole says their offer was obviously not considered acceptable by the Jets.
Yesterday, Todd Archer of ESPN reported that the Jets had contacted a number of teams about a potential deal involving Richardson including the Cowboys.
Other reports said that the Jets “actively shopping” him before the deadline but New York ultimately elected to hold onto Richardson after it was clear that their asking price wouldn’t be met. This sets up an interesting situation between the Jets and Richardson next year.
Richardson, 25, is a former first-round pick of the Jets back in 2013. He’s currently in the fourth year of his four-year, $10.054 million rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $1.776 million for the 2016 season.
The Jets elected to pick up Richardson’s fifth-year option a few months ago, which means he’s under team control through the 2017 season and will make a bases salary of $8.069 million.
In 2016, Richardson has appeared in six games and recorded 28 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery for the Jets. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 12 edge defender out of 102 qualifying players.