Kimberley A. Martin of Newsday reports that the Jets were “more than willing” to trade DL Sheldon Richardson ahead of the deadline, but their asking price of a first-round pick within the next two years was too steep of an asking price.
It was reported earlier this week that the Cowboys, in fact, made an offer to New York ahead of the trade deadline, but it was obviously not what the Jets were looking for.
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
The Broncos, Redskins, Cowboys, Eagles, Seahawks and Cardinals were other teams that the Jets spoke with regarding a possible trade of Richardson.
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 eight games and recorded 35 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery for the Jets. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 26 edge defender out of 110 qualifying players.