With just hours before the NFL’s usually lackluster trade deadline, a report has surfaced that suggests a trade might have been in the works.
The New York Jets reached out to the Dallas Cowboys about the possibility of trading talented defensive end Sheldon Richardson, according to a report from ESPN’s Rich Cimini. He added that a trade appears to be unlikely because New York’s asking price is too steep.
This signifies a couple of things: First, it’s proof that the Jets are actively shopping the 2013 Defensive Rookie of the Year. Second, it shows that the Cowboys appear at least somewhat content about their pass rushers.
Dallas ranks 21st in the NFL with 14 sacks, but lacks a truly reliable pass rushing punch aside from Demarcus Lawrence, who has yet to record a sack in three games this season. Richardson has recorded 1.5 sacks and his production hasn’t met expectations after a stellar first two seasons.
The Jets have a crowded defensive line after re-signing Muhammad Wilkerson to a five-year contract extension. 2015 rookie Leonard Williams fell into New York’s lap with the No. 6 overall pick and he might possess the most upside of all three players.
Richardson’s lofty potential is also diminished by his off-field transgressions. He has been suspended twice the past two seasons, which might scare some teams off in potentially acquiring him. Richardson also might be looking for a grand pay day after the season. The Jets currently have him under contract through 2017 after exercising his fifth-year option worth $8.1 million next season.
There are plenty of moving parts and while Dallas might not be interested in acquiring a pass rusher, that likely won’t stop general manager Mike Maccagnan from turning over every stone and doing his due diligence before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline.
This article originally appeared on all22.com.