By Corbin Smith
Back in September, the Seattle Seahawks surrendered a small ransom to acquire talented defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson from the New York Jets.
With rookie Malik McDowell sidelined following an ATV accident, general manager John Schneider packaged homegrown wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and a second-round draft choice to help bolster the defensive line.
Unloading a proven commodity in Kearse and a high draft choice for a one-year rental does not seem to be a frugal practice. Seattle currently has less than $15 million in available cap space and depending on how the free agent market unfolds next month, Richardson’s tenure in Seattle could prove to be a brief one.
Without a clear gauge on Richardson’s value to other teams, Schneider must determine if he provides enough on-field value from a long-term perspective to justify paying more than $10-12 million per year for a player with a cloudy history off the field.
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