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Seahawks acquire DE Richardson from Jets

02 September 2017

The Seattle Seahawks have reportedly traded receiver Jermaine Kearse to the New York Jets ahead of the September 2 cut date. So that's a net creation of $5.869 million in cap space for the Jets this year.

Where Richardson plays in a crowded front seven in Seattle is yet to be seen. 2016 also was not a great year for Richardson production-wise, but for most of his career, the 2013 first-round pick has been an important piece of New York's defense.

Richardson, 26, has spent his entire four-year career with the Jets.

Both Kearse and Lane bring plenty of experience to an NFL locker room, but Collins is just entering his second season in the league.

Update (3:19 p.m. ET): Albert Breer of Monday Morning Quarterback and Sports Illustrated is reporting that the Seahawks will also be sending a conditional second or third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft along with Kearse in exchange for Richardson.

Last season, he hauled in 41 catches for 511 yards and one touchdown.

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Richardson served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

The Seahawks, on the other hand, have been amassing former first round picks.

Kearse was a reliable player who was popular with teammates and coaches for his willingness to do whatever asked, and who developed a rapport with Wilson that resulted in the two hooking up for some of the most memorable plays in team history. They got that extra fifth-round pick from Dallas during this year's draft.

His best output came in 2015 when he posted 49 receptions for 685 yards and five touchdowns.

The Jets, of course, are prioritizing building for the future, with younger players, over winning in 2017.

The veteran receiver signed a three-year deal worth $13.5 million before last season, with $6.3 million guaranteed upon signing. Seattle already has Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril and Frank Clark as anchors and now adds an interior talent with the proven ability to stop the run and be a presence as a pass rusher.

Seahawks acquire DE Richardson from Jets