The Jets are positioning themselves for a good old-fashioned defensive line switcheroo that could make everyone look like freakin' geniuses. The Daily News has learned that Gang Green would like to reunite with former Pro Bowler Sheldon Richardson this offseason after getting rid of the disgraced Muhammad Wilkerson. If the Jets pull this off, it would be the rare win-win-win move for a franchise perpetually lampooned for screwing up. Consider all the potential victors: 1) General manager Mike Maccagnan would be hailed as a hero for trading away Richardson to Seattle for a 2018 second-round pick and wide receiver Jermaine Kearse nine days before the start of the season only to get the defensive lineman back after what amounted to a one-year rental. 2) Todd Bowles would get back a familiar player with immense skills to replace Wilkerson on the defensive line. 3) Richardson would return to a team that he never wanted to leave in the first place. The Jets aren't the only ones that want a reunion, according to team and league sources. My understanding is that Richardson, who is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent after this season, would love to return to the team that drafted him, too. Richardson, 27, will undoubtedly test the free-agent market, but it seems unlikely that suitors will have to break the bank for his services given his recent production (37 total tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, one pass break-up, one interception with the Seahawks). Maccagnan is in a similar position with Richardson as his predecessor was with Darrelle Revis. Former Jets GM John Idzik traded Revis to the Buccaneers after the 2013 season (for a draft pick that ironically turned out to be Richardson), but inexplicably refused to bring him back after Tampa Bay cut the veteran cornerback after a regime change after one year. Revis went on to help the Patriots win the Super Bowl in 2014. Maccagnan can, in effect, get a free second-round pick out of all of this if he brings back Richardson on a fair deal that won't cripple the finances of a team that will have more than $80 million in salary cap space this offseason.
Jets want reunion with Sheldon Richardson ... and the feeling is mutual, sources say
New York Daily News | Dec 20