The Kearse acquisition makes some sense, considering wideout Quincy Enunwa was placed on injured reserve earlier this month.
Considering how little leverage Mike Maccagnan had with Sheldon Richardson, coming away with a second-round pick in 2018 and a capable veteran receiver in Jermaine Kearse is as solid a deal as the Jets general manager could have hoped for. "From that standpoint, that had no bearing on anything we made a decision to do". One player gathering a bit of interest is Jermaine Kearse, with a few teams asking about the wide receiver, including the Cleveland Browns. He hasn't put up the numbers of a number one, but he still provides a young, inexperienced group of receivers some valuable experience to draw from.
Sheldon Richardson wore out his welcome and had to go, and what Maccagnan did Friday was help two franchises - and one of them was actually the Jets. It really is a shame that it had to end as he is a supremely talented player. Landry also commented on the rumors saying, "I mean if they did, I don't know about it, and that's not something I can control". "We were positive with him, but we thought [the trade] was a good fit and a good value for what we're trying to accomplish, both short and long term". "I wouldn't classify it or characterize it as our motivation for the trade". He might not be around to reap the benefits of that extra second-round pick, but at least he has a plan.
Gain Instant Access to this article and much more. And while Richardson is an vast talent, there was no guarantee he was going to be here past 2017. However, holding on to him for a year will save anyone who has him $5 million, and result in just $1.8 million in dead money due to his back loaded contract.
That said, the two major free agent acquisitions on the line for the Redskins have not panned out as well. The team is intrigued by the potential that got him drafted in the first round by the Eagles in 2014 and seem to be looking for reasons to keep him around. Meanwhile, its defensive front is far more fortified and still solid with Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams around to handle the five-technique in Todd Bowles' defense.
While Kearse isn't a game-breaker, the Jets got a dependable player and the second-round pick in return.