Jets Trade Sheldon Richardson to Seahawks for Jermaine Kearse

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Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse #15 of the Seattle Seahawks on the sidelines during the National Football League game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. While the 27-year-old Kearse is not a true number one receiver, he will now be the best player the Jets have at the position.

Seahawks owner Paul Allen expressed his regards for Kearse via Twitter.

After years of speculation, the New York Jets have traded former first round pick Sheldon Richardson to the Seattle Seahawks.

The Jets also get Seattle's 2018 second-round draft pick, and the teams swapped seventh-round picks.

The Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets have completed the biggest deal of the week. However, it wouldn't surprise me if Kearse ultimately led NY in receiving when it's all said and done.

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Kearse gives the Jets a veteran receiver, something they desperately needed. In five seasons in Seattle, Kearse has 153 catches for 2,109 yards and 11 TDs.

Last year, Richardson finished with just 1.5 sacks and 62 tackles in 15 games. He has 31 catches, 493 yards and six TDs in 10 career playoff games, including four catches, 65 yards and a TD in the Seahawks' 43-8 win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. That includes 3.5 sacks en route to being named the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2013, then eight in 2014, when he was named to the Pro Bowl after his most productive season.

A one game suspension was served by Richarson a year ago after an arrest stemming from a traffic violation and resisting arrest in 2015.

The Jets are in the midst of a massive rebuilding project that has seen them cut tens of millions of dollars off their payroll.

It marks the fourth time the Seahawks have traded for a star player under general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll, who previously made deals to acquire running back Marshawn Lynch in 2010, wide receiver Percy Harvin in 2013 and tight end Jimmy Graham in 2015.