Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters on Saturday that they did not speak to the Jets during the draft about a potential trade for DL Sheldon Richardson, despite the recent report, per Clarence Hill.
Jones did, however, admit that they were in contact with the Jets last year about Richardson.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Jets are still fielding trade offers for DL Sheldon Richardson, even now that the draft is complete.
According to Mehta, the Redskins and Cowboys are among “several” teams that have had trade discussions with the Jets over the past few days.
However, sources tell Mehta that the sticking point in trade talks is the fact that Richardson is owed $8.1 million fully guaranteed for the 2017 season, due to his fifth-year option. Mehta adds that the Jets’ asking price for Richardson has dropped.
Recent reports have said that the Jets may have to take a fourth-round pick for Richardson, due to the obvious concerns regarding his on and off-the-field behavior to go along with two suspensions. But with the draft now over, they would clearly be looking for 2018 draft picks.
If they don’t like the trade offers they’re getting for Richardson, the Jets could hold on to him for one more year and possibly recoup a 2019 third-round compensatory pick, depending on the contract he signs as a free agent next year.
Richardson, 26, is a former first-round pick of the Jets back in 2013. He played out his the final year of his four-year, $10.054 million rookie contract but the Jets elected to pick up his fifth-year option last year, which means he’s under team control through the 2017 season and will make a bases salary of $8.069 million.
According to OverTheCap.com, trading Richardson would free up $8,069,000 of available cap space while creating no dead money.
In 2016, In 2016, Richardson appeared in 15 games for the Jets and recorded 62 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble, two recoveries and two pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 31 edge defender out of 109 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding a potential Richardson trade as the news is available.