Are Jets looking to trade Sheldon Richardson to Cowboys?

With the Jets season in shambles and a roster glut along its defensive line, Gang Green is at least finding out what the trade market is like for Sheldon Richardson. The Jets have called the Cowboys about Richardson, ESPN reported.

Richardson is someone whose name has been floated as a possible trade candidate, so it’s not entirely surprising that the Jets are making calls about him. It probably remains unlikely but not impossible that the Jets deal Richardson before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. trade deadline, simply because there aren’t many blockbuster trades midseason in the NFL.

In some respects, shopping Richardson makes sense: the Jets are virtually out of the playoff picture at this point and so Richardson might be worth more to someone else who is still in the hunt. He’s coming to the end of his rookie deal — though the Jets have exercised their team option on him for $8 million next year — so they might be looking to recoup some value for him now if they anticipate losing him after 2017.

In addition, Gang Green has three good defensive ends in Richardson, Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams, which has caused Richardson to play out of position sometimes over the past year and a half under Todd Bowles. Wilkerson was recently locked up to a long-term deal and Williams has two years plus a team option remaining on his rookie contract.

Sheldon Richardon is reportedly the subject of trade talks between the Jets and Cowboys.

Sheldon Richardon is reportedly the subject of trade talks between the Jets and Cowboys.

(Ed Zurga/AP)

On the other hand, Richardson is one of the Jets’ best players, if not the best. Dealing him would signal the team had given up on 2016 and also would likely hurt them in 2017.

Other teams may be wary of Richardson because of his off-field troubles. He was suspended for four games for marijuana last year and suspended one game this year for his high-speed road race in July of 2015 in which police clocked him at 143 miles per hour and charged him with resisting arrest.

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