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Report: Redskins tried to trade for Sheldon Richardson, if he took a pay cut

Sheldon Richardson confirms the Redskins tried to trade for a discount

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Reports came out during draft weekend that the Washington Redskins were one of several teams to discuss a trade for Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson. These talks reportedly happened before Alabama DE Jonathan Allen fell to the Redskins at #17. The reports at the time indicated that there was interest, but the sticking point was the $8.1 million contract Richardson carried due to his 5th year option.

The New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta interviewed Richardson, and he confirms that the Redskins, along with the Seattle Seahawks were one of the teams that asked Richardson to take a pay cut in order for them to complete a deal.

“It’s a business, bro,” Richardson told the Daily News during a lengthy and open discussion about his future. “There was one team that asked me to take a pay cut ... and it was Seattle. And Washington too. There were a lot of offers. A lot of good offers. You’d be surprised.”

Mark Tyler asked Hog Haven readers in early April if they would trade a 3rd round pick for Richardson, and 68% voted yes. Should the Redskins have traded for Richardson? Is his talent worth some of the off-field issues? Did we not get Jonathan Freakin’ Allen?


Was a Sheldon Richardson trade good for the Redskins this year?

This poll is closed

  • 18%
    Yes, did you see the D-Line last season?
    (154 votes)
  • 44%
    Yes, but only for the right price
    (373 votes)
  • 29%
    No, we got Jonathan Freakin’ Allen
    (246 votes)
  • 6%
    No, he’s a cancer to any team he’s on
    (57 votes)
830 votes total Vote Now