What's old may be new again if the Jets and DT Sheldon Richardson have their way.
The former Pro Bowler and the club will be looking at a possible reunion this offseason when the 27-year-old becomes a free agent, reports the Daily News.
According to Manish Mehta, the Jets will surely part ways with DE Muhammed Wilkerson which opens the possibility for Wilkerson to return. He was traded to the Seattle Seahawks on Sept 1 in exchange for WR Jermaine Kearse and a 2018 second-round draft pick.
Richardson has started all 13 games he's played this year, collecting 37 tackles, one sack and one interception.
When asked about the report of a possible reunion with the Jets, Richardson said that he was solely focused on the Seahawks' remaining two games.
Richardson was the 13th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Missouri and went on to win NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors that season. He followed that up with a Pro Bowl appearance in 2014 when he recorded 67 tackles and a career-high eight sacks.
The St. Louis native will become an unrestricted free agent after his four-year, $10.05 million expires at the end of the 2017 season.
The Jets chose Wilkerson over Richardson earlier this year in large part due to his pending free agency. But the 28-year-old Wilkerson, who claimed today he has earned what he's been paid, has been an enigma for the club and head coach Todd Bowles.
He was suspended for last Sunday's game with the Saints after he was late for a team meeting two days earlier. That came on the heels of a first-quarter benching during the Jets' Dec. 3 game with the Chiefs for the exact same infraction.
It marked the third consecutive year the 2015 Pro Bowler has been benched for being late to a team meeting.