Sheldon Richardson trade: Seahawks and Jets both win

Williams was with the Seahawks during the past 2 seasons where he appeared in 3 games and also spent time on their practice squad after being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2015.

Twice during the media scrum Monday at Seahawks headquarters around new arrival Sheldon Richardson, the word “crazy” was uttered, once by him and once about him by coach Pete Carroll. He was referring to the position-group meetings, in which shenanigans are frequently called.

The agent for Garrison Smith said the defensive tackle had signed onto Seattle’s practice squad after the team released him Saturday. One or two? Didn’t we all get over it when they got rid of T.J. Houshmandzadeh or preseason stars like Josh Portis, Terrelle Pryor or Troymaine Pope? “I’m going to miss them, but on to new endeavors”. It’s a fun environment. Everybody is laid back. They’re real big on that.

Compare that to how you felt less than two months ago, when the ridiculous national dialogue and headlines included: “Possible division in the Seahawks locker room!”

“It’s a revived Earl Thomas”, Seattle defensive coordinator Kris Richard said. With a loaded gun under the driver’s seat and marijuana smoke in the air. “They know where I’m best-suited and I’ll make the best of it”. He responded the way he was supposed to.

“Our guys have done a lot of homework on him”, Carroll continued. “Yes, it is. But motivation is because we didn’t play well and we’re trying to win anyway”. We did all we needed to do. “I know he’s had some issues in the past, but he’s withstood adversity and coming back and righting the ship and doing a really good job”.

“Teammates think a lot of him, coaches think a lot of him”. He’s very intelligent, good blocker, good team guy.

Since finding out McDowell was messed up, the Seahawks have been actively searching for his replacement. Richardson now joins a defensive unit with championship experience. But with all the moves to rid the roster of experienced veterans, there’s been talk of tanking for a potential No. 1 overall pick next spring. While rebuilding teams are stockpiling draft picks, that’s more about the first three rounds than the fifths, sixths, and sevenths that were getting traded over the weekend. Another factor in the D-line makeover was the rapid progress of Nazair Jones, the third-round draft choice out of North Carolina who worked his way into the rotation. He caught a touchdown there in Seattle’s Super Bowl victory over the Broncos after the 2013 season. Williams is one of the best emerging linemen in the league. “You don’t replace a guy like that, you just do different things”. “This was a great case”.

Carroll said he came away particularly impressed with what he heard of how Richardson handled things in the aftermath of the police chase (he was found guilty of reckless driving and resisting arrest and fined $1,050, and put on two years probation).

The focus for the Seahawks early Sunday seemed to focus on players who didn’t clear waivers, including cornerback Pierre Desir (Colts), running back Alex Collins (Ravens) and wide receiver Kasen Williams (Cleveland Browns). The second-round pick is also a huge get. “He made tackles downfield (on coverage teams), he returns balls for us”. We had to take note. “I’m going to make myself play”. Seattle got the better end of the trade but both teams got what they wanted from it. Of course I would like to have him here, but… it’s a business.

So the Seahawks figure they can carry only five wideouts, including rookie Darboh, because McKissic can do multiple things, and McEvoy remains 6-foot-6.

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