And Saturday, Richardson offered his frank assessment of teammate Muhammad Wilkerson as one of the NFL's most dominant defenders.
There's more: Mo may be better than J.J. Watt, in Richardson's mind, but Richardson's better than all of them.
“I don't feel like Mo's the best defensive player in the league ... I am,” Richardson told the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta. “I'm dead-ass serious.”
Richardson added, "It's a blessing and a curse."
One scout told Mehta that Richardson is "a beast," and that “there's no question that if he improves his work habits, he'll be a special player.”
According to ProFootballFocus.com, Watt is the NFL's top-rated 3-4 defensive and -- against both the run and the pass -- and it's not even close. Wilkerson ranks fifth and Richardson is eighth.
However the stats shake out, this much is certain: Wilkerson, the Jets' 2011 first-round pick, is getting paid this offseason.
Watching some tape of Mo Wilkerson. Called him the $30M-man back in July. Um, check that- I bet he gets $40M guaranteed this offseason— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) November 16, 2013