Jets will pick up fifth-year option on Sheldon Richardson

AP

Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson has given the team no reason to doubt him on the field. And even with some off-field issues, they weren’t enough to doubt his future.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets will pick up the fifth-year option on the 2013 first-round pick, which will be for around $8 million.

Richardson served a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse program last season, and is awaiting word on possible conduct penalties after a high speed racing incident in Missouri, which he received two year’s probation for in a plea deal.

Otherwise, he’s been a great pick, with 16.5 sacks in three seasons, and the ability to do multiple things. He stood up and played outside linebacker at times last year, which is partly because he can and partly because the Jets lacks options.

And now they have an option to keep Richardson for another year.

7 responses to “Jets will pick up fifth-year option on Sheldon Richardson

  1. Obviously not a Jets fan, and I am all for picking up the Richardson option as a fan of football. The thing that I cannot understand is how the Jets continue on this mantra of getting rid of Wilkerson, or trading him.. To me Wilkerson is more of the future than a Richardson.. Wilkerson has shown to be an elite player, and a role model that NFL/Jets fans can look up to.. The thing that is bothersome is the Jets believe he is expendable because of a Richardson, who has been the complete opposite. Good pay day for Wilkerson short term wise, but out of all the Jets players this guy should be the one with a long term contract.

  2. So his punishment for driving 150 mph, with kids in the car, smoking weed, and evading the cops is another year wearing Gang Green. And I thought Goodell was harsh…

  3. @ Syrnyg – A few things factor into the Mo issue

    1) he wants a ton of $$ and the Jets since Mike has come on as GM are no longer going to let the Players dictate what they think the player is worth. Mo wants more than what they want to give so they will move him

    2) Sheldon can play all 3 or 4 DL/OLB positions as where Mo can not. Sheldon also comes with a cheaper long term deal

    3) It was clear since day 1 that Mike and Todd valued Sheldon more than Mo for reasons only they know

    4) for a team that wants to get younger and faster, Mo is the better trading chip

  4. syrnyg says:
    Apr 18, 2016 9:02 AM
    Obviously not a Jets fan, and I am all for picking up the Richardson option as a fan of football. The thing that I cannot understand is how the Jets continue on this mantra of getting rid of Wilkerson, or trading him.. To me Wilkerson is more of the future than a Richardson.. Wilkerson has shown to be an elite player, and a role model that NFL/Jets fans can look up to.. The thing that is bothersome is the Jets believe he is expendable because of a Richardson, who has been the complete opposite. Good pay day for Wilkerson short term wise, but out of all the Jets players this guy should be the one with a long term contract.
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    That easy to explain, Richardson is alot faster, more flexiable to play almost any positions, as DE, NT, DT, LB, and RB. Also Richardson just have tad more mean motor than Mo. Richardson > Mo in big ways.

    ~Jet Fans.

  5. “He stood up and played outside linebacker at times last year, which is partly because he can and partly because the Jets lacks options.” Or it was because it was more of a hybrid 3-4/4-3 Defence where you have Mo, Sheldon, snacks, and williams on the field at the same time and Sheldon was the obvious choice to play LB. #researchalittle

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