Sheldon Richardson is one of the NFL's best defensive linemen, but he is on a Jets team that has two other star-level players up front and is sitting at 3-5 in a division where the Patriots are 7-1. Richardson is also due for a new contract soon and the Jets may not want to pay, considering they only recently gave his defensive linemate Muhammad Wilkerson a massive deal.
So the Jets are now "actively shopping" Richardson in the final hours before the NFL's trade deadline, per several reports.
Source says Jets are "actively shopping" Sheldon Richardson as trade deadline approaches.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) November 1, 2016
Hearing Jets trying hard to move DT Sheldon Richardson. Will it happen? 50/50. Jets asking for a 1 probably take a 2 or 3 or ????— michael lombardi (@mlombardifoxtv) November 1, 2016
A first-round pick is a steep price, but Richardson is a star-level player. If the Jets can hold out and actually get it, that'd be great for them. If they determine they're going to lose Richardson in free agency after next season (they picked up his fifth-year option), then a second or third wouldn't be terrible consolation.
One of the teams the Jets have reportedly called to gauge interest in Richardson is the Dallas Cowboys. ESPN.com reported that the two teams have had talks, but noted that the price will likely be too rich for Dallas and that the team is more likely to trade for a cornerback.
CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora confirmed the trade talks surrounding Richardson, but cautioned that there is unlikely to be a deal before the deadline hits.
Jets have talked to several teams about moving Sheldon Richardson but odds of a trade I continue to hear are remote— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) November 1, 2016
Deals for star players during the season are pretty rare, but we did just see one for Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins on Monday, and stranger things have happened. Still, given the expected cost and the last-minute nature of these talks, it seems somewhat unlikely that Richardson is actually playing for a new team by Wednesday.