New York Jets: 5 Reasons They Should Keep Sheldon Richardson

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Making a case for the Jets to consider keeping Sheldon Richardson. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports /

The New York Jets might be trying to part ways with defensive end Sheldon Richardson, Here are five reasons why they shouldn’t.

For months it has been clear that the New York Jets are looking to move former defensive rookie of the year Sheldon Richardson. This included trying to trade the defensive lineman at the trade deadline to the Dallas Cowboys. However, while the Jets seem to be adamant to move on from Richardson, there are a few compelling reasons why New York should keep him for the 2017 season.

Here is why the Jets should keep Richardson this offseason.

Playing for a contract

One of the biggest reasons the Jets are trying to trade Richardson, and a major reason why teams are hesitant to make a trade is the fact the after this season Richardson becomes a free agent.

While the Jets are worried about Richardson walking and not being able to afford a long-term deal, the short-term could result in a huge impact season which could be huge for the defense.

If Richardson has a monster year, New York could put the franchise tag on him and then look to trade him next offseason when the asking price could be higher after a great season from Richardson instead of a so-so one in 2016. With only 1.5 sacks in 2016, if Richardson could have a season with close to double-digit sacks would help increase his value and would give the Jets more negotiating power. There is risk to losing Richardson, but it wouldn’t hurt the defense next season if Richardson is playing for a pay-day.