"Acquiring Sheldon Richardson makes the Seattle D-Line one of the more dominant lines in the league", said Q13 News Sports Director Aaron Levine. "Get him back in football shape and get him in the rotation and keep moving forward".
He is what the Seahawks thought they were getting when they used their top draft choice this spring on Malik McDowell: a defensive tackle who can rush the passer as well as stop the run.
Because of the Richardson acquisition, the Seahawks are seeking to move DT Ahtyba Rubin, perhaps to the Broncos, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He's in his contract year and they nearly certainly would've lost him as a free agent, receiving nothing (except maybe a compensatory pick in 2019).
Richardson does come to Seattle with some baggage.
The Seahawks also sent second- and seventh-round choices to the Jets, and the Jets sent a seventh-rounder to Seattle with Richardson.
In addition to coming through in big moments, Kearse was also well respected by teammates for his willingness to do the unglamorous work, both on special teams and as a blocker in the running game.
Today the #Seattle Seahawks and #New York Jets have executed a major trade.
For the first time in his life, Jermaine Kearse will not be playing for his hometown team. The two teams have been discussing a potential trade for the past few weeks. He was also suspended one game in 2016 after being arrested in a high-speed police chase in St. Louis. He signed a three-year 13.5 million dollar deal last march. If Richardson leaves and gets a large contract, the Seahawks would likely get a 3rd round compensatory pick for Richardson. So that's a net creation of $5.869 million in cap space for the Jets this year.
Richardson gives Seattle's defense eight players who have been to at least one Pro Bowl including three on the line - Bennett and Avril the others. With Quincy Enunwa out for the year, that room is as young as any I have ever seen in the NFL. He joins a talented defense and a team that is a Super Bowl contender. Unfortunately an ATV accident over the summer ruined the big plans they had for the rookie, and it's hard to imagine a team can do much better on September 1 than to get a talent like Richardson.
The Seahawks hope as scary as it was to the Broncos that glorious night in New Jersey.