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Seahawks trade Jermaine Kearse to Jets for DL Sheldon Richardson

Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse #15 of the Seattle Seahawks on the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals and Seahawks tied 6-6. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks on Friday traded WR Jermaine Kearse to the New York Jets in exchange for DL Sheldon Richardson, according to multiple media reports. The Seahawks also send a 2018 2nd- and 7th-round draft pick to the Jets and receive a 7th-round draft pick in return.

“Acquiring Sheldon Richardson makes the Seattle D-Line one of the more dominant lines in the league,” said Q13 News Sports Director Aaron Levine. “He is guaranteed $8 million this season – which is why the Seahawks restructured Baldwin’s deal today to save $6.9 million and the Kearse trade will alleviate another $2.2 million. It allows them the salary cap space to take on Richardson’s deal.”

Richardson was a Pro Bowl pick in 2014.  He is only 26-years old and this will be the final year of his contract, unless the Seahawks want to work on an extension.

The deal was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Kearse had 41 receptions for 510 yards last year with Seattle.

The wide receiver posted a message of thanks to the 12s on his Instagram Friday night.

Richardson had 38 tackles and 24 assists with the Jets.

In another move, the Seahawks also traded a late-round draft pick to the New England Patriots for cornerback Justin Coleman.