New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson discovered that he was the subject of several trade rumors on Sunday morning and was obviously very surprised.
“I just heard them today. This morning,” Richardson said of the rumors during a one-on-one interview outside the visitors’ locker room at FirstEnergy Stadium, via Newsday.
Although Richardson, the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year, is certainly not happy to have his future in doubt, he understands that the NFL is a business and he’s willing to accept whatever happens.
“It’s big business. That’s what it is,” he told Newsday. “We’ve got a surplus of defensive linemen that are capable of being starters. And they drafted Leo, paid Mo . . . So we’ll see.”
Although Richardson is undoubtedly a very talented player, he may be on the outside looking in. The team selected Leonard Williams sixth overall last year and they gave Muhammad Wilkerson a new five-year, $86-million contract this past offseason after a failed trade attempt of Wilkerson.
As you can see, the Jets are starting to run out of open spots on the defensive front and Richardson very well could be on the outside looking in. That being said though, he claims that he is not worried about being the odd man out and he will continue playing no matter what happens.
“I can’t let myself think about it,” he said. “It is what it is. I’m here on paper until Tuesday. I’m still here. So we’ll see.”