The Jets have traded DL Sheldon Richardson to the Seahawks for WR Jermaine Kearse, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.
The Jets will also received the Seahawks' 2018 second-round pick as well as both teams swapping their seventh-round picks.
The Jets have been trying to trade Richardson since last season due to his lack of maturity, per ESPN's Rich Cimini. Recently, his words about former teammate WR Brandon Marshall didn't come to the liking of head coach Todd Bowles.
"The simple answer is no," GM Mike Maccagnan said on if Richardson's comments factored into his trading. "That had no bearing whatsoever on what we decided to do."
With Richardson being a free agent next season, many speculated that he would test the free agent market.
In an Instagram post, Richardson thanked the Jets and its fans for their support.
"I will like to thank the Jets organization for everything you've done for me," Richardson wrote. "It was my pleasure to give it my all for gang green but god has another plan for me so from my family to yours thank you again and god bless!!!"
Richardson was the Jets first round pick back in 2013. Over four seasons with the team, he amassed 142 tackles, 18 sacks, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
Kearse is a veteran wide receiver who has spent all five seasons in the NFL with the Seahawks. He has totaled 153 receptions on 270 targets for 2,110 yards and 11 touchdowns in his career. Last season, he hauled in 41 catches for 511 yards and a lone touchdown.
The 27-year-old is set to make $2.2 million this season, which saves the Jets $5.9 million with Richardson's contract off the books. Richardson will make a guaranteed $8.1 million with the Seahawks.