The New York Jets have made it known for some time they’d be open to moving Sheldon Richardson, and the defensive end revealed Thursday that the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins made trade inquiries for him this offseason.
However, Richardson noted both teams wanted him to reduce his $8.1-million 2017 salary, which is the final year of his rookie contract after the Jets exercised his fifth-year option.
“It’s a business, bro,” Richardson told Manish Mehta the Daily News during a lengthy and open discussion about his future. “There was one team that asked me to take a pay cut … and it was Seattle. And Washington too. There were a lot of offers. A lot of good offers. You’d be surprised.”
While Richardson had a disappointing 2016 season – along with the majority of the Jets’ roster – he’s a Pro Bowl-level talent and produced 13 sacks across the 2014 and 2015 campaigns.
The 26-year-old’s commitment was called into question last year, as he and fellow defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson were benched for being late to team meetings.
Richardson also has a history of off-field issues, including suspensions for a failed drugs test and a high-speed car chase.
Those issues have led to continuous speculation that the Jets are concerned about handing Richardson a big-money extension.
“That’s their decision,” Richardson said of getting a lucrative long-term contract from the Jets after the upcoming season. “Would I pay me? I’d pay me … I would (keep Leonard Williams, Wilkerson, and himself), because you can save money in other places with a stout defensive line.”
Copyright © 2017 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.