The Seahawks have reportedly found their replacement for injured second-round pick Malik McDowell on the defensive line — and it was apparently a long time coming.
Leading up to Saturday’s 53-man roster deadline, Seattle dealt receiver Jermaine Kearse, a second-round pick and a seventh-round pick to the Jets for 26-year-old defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson and their seventh-rounder, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was first on the trade happening. Rapoport added the clubs had been discussing the deal since mid-August.
This move confirms what we already knew: Kearse had fallen behind Tyler Lockett and Paul Richardson on the depth chart. He may end up starting for the receiver-depleted Jets, but doesn't have much fantasy value at this point.