Report: The New York Jets are 'actively shopping' defensive end Sheldon Richardson

Reports have shown the Jets are contacting teams about Sheldon Richardson on trade deadline day.

Florham Park, N.J. - The NFL trade deadline is less than an hour away and there are multiple reports showing the New York Jets are 'actively shopping' defensive end Sheldon Richardson

Initially, ESPN reported the Jets were in contact with the Dallas Cowboys about a Richardson swap, but Dallas was reportedly not interested. 

With Muhammad Wilkerson locked up to the long term deal he signed over the summer and Leonard Williams on a team-friendly rookie contract, Richardson became the lone member of the Jets vaunted defensive line that can be considered expendable. 

Despite Richardson's tremendous skill and potential, it may be difficult to find a suitor. The defensive end has been subject to behavioral issues on and off the field including multiple suspensions the previous two seasons for violating the league's substance abuse and personal conduct policies.  If Richardson fails another drug test, he can face a possible 10-game ban. 

This season, Richardson has 1.5 sacks. This can be attributed to the many times Richardson has played out of position - lining up as an outside linebacker while Wilkerson, Williams and Steve McLendon are stationed up the middle. Last year, Richardson compiled five sacks in 11 games. He brought down quarterbacks eight times the season before. 

New York - like many teams at the deadline - can possibly be looking for top draft picks in return for Richardson. While the status is uncertain, do not put it past general manager Mike Maccagnan to find a deal shortly as there are many cases where Maccagnan has struck a deal in the eleventh hour (i.e. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Muhammad Wilkerson). 


Joe Barone is a staff writer for He can be reached on Twitter (@28JoeBarone), or via email (


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