Richardson, 26, was often embroiled in controversy during his four-year tenure with the Jets. While the 27-year-old Kearse is not a true number one receiver, he will now be the best player the Jets have at the position. Last season, he caught 41 passes for 510 yards with 1 TD. But for him, it's not just about this season.
In return, they got defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson and a 2018 seventh-round pick.
Coach Pete Carroll didn't delve too deeply into Kearse's future, saying only that "there are a lot of things mentioned" at this time of year and that the team has a lot of work to do heading into the regular season.
"If Richardson has a big year in Seattle and has no off field issues or run-ins with teammates he should command $18 million a year, " wrote Jason Fitzgerald of OvertheCap.com. In 2015, Richardson was suspended four games for repeated positive marijuana tests. If the Seahawks don't re-sign Richardson after this season (or at any time before) they would nearly certainly get a third-round pick as compensation in 2019.
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He may be hard for the Seahawks to re-sign when his contract expires after the season given all the money Seattle is committing to its other stars on defense as well as quarterback Russell Wilson.
Everyone remembers the juggling catch that set up the ill-fated end of Super Bowl XLIX as well as the catch against Green Bay two weeks earlier that got them there. In five seasons in Seattle, Kearse has 153 catches for 2,109 yards and 11 TDs. He's started all but three games over the last three years and should be a reliable target for whoever starts at quarterback in NY. Richardson is making a guaranteed $8.1 million, and the Jets have been trying to trade him since last October because they anticipate losing him as a free agent after this season.
The Seahawks landing Richardson is scary for the rest of the NFC.