He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2014 and can be one of the most disruptive defensive linemen in the National Football League when he's at his best. One in which the relatively unheralded Clinton McDonald could play 65 percent of the snaps in the Super Bowl win and be viewed by some around the team as having played as much of a role in the defensive dominance that day as anybody.
Richardson is a very talented player, but he was coming off of a bad season.
Kearse, 27, signed a three-year deal to remain with the Seahawks last offseason but has an opt-out clause in his contract following the 2017 season, according to Spotrac. He rated as Pro Football Focus' No. 19 edge defender last season and has been near the top of PFF's interior defenders list in previous years, joining teammates Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams.
But based on overthecap.com's 2018 projection, that's how things look right now for the Jets, who are currently projected (without any carryover cap space) to have $57.232 million in cap room entering 2018 - second-most in the NFL. In 2015, Richardson was suspended four games for repeated positive marijuana tests. He's also said to have clashed with Jets coach Todd Bowles.More news: Donald Trump Snubs Gary Cohn in Tax Policy Speech; Praises Daughter Ivanka
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The Seahawks, on the other hand, have been amassing former first round picks.
The Seahawks have seen how far a dominant defensive line can take them. They got that extra fifth-round pick from Dallas during this year's draft. In five seasons in Seattle, Kearse has 153 catches for 2,109 yards and 11 TDs.
The Seahawks also seem to be illustrating more than ever that they are in win-now mode.
The @Seahawks defense just got even more stacked?
The Seahawks landing Richardson is scary for the rest of the NFC.