NFL teams have started to pick up the phone and call the 2-5 New York Jets, hoping to steal away some of the team’s notable talent before the NFL trade deadline.
Perhaps the biggest name to pop up in rumors thus far is 25-year-old defensive end Sheldon Richardson, a player with one year left on his current deal.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport broke the news:
Richardson is one of the better young defenders in the league, so it’s hard to imagine the Jets would let him go for cheap.
In fact, Bleacher Report’s Maurice Moton captured an interesting stance by the organization:
Richardson would likely require a new contract with any trade, meaning the asking price for a would-be suitor goes through the roof. Not only would the new team need to surrender a fortune to grab Richardson, it would then need to turn around and dish a monster contract to ensure he isn’t merely a rental.
This sounds more like wishful thinking by teams than anything, but a two-win team might stoop to interesting levels in an effort to improve. At the least, it’s always worth picking up the phone and seeing if a team would move a big name.
For now, don’t expect the Jets to budge. But keep an ear out as the deadline inches closer.