Jets DE Sheldon Richardson wants to stay with the team for the rest of his caeer, but is not open to giving a hometown discount.
The Jets, who finished 5-11 last season, are entering a rebuilding phase. But Richardson wants to be a part of it.
"A lot of guys just want to go jump on a bandwagon," Richardson told Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News earlier this week. "Older guys. Later in their career, it's easy to go jump into a good situation. It's a free market, so by all means, do your thing. But me personally, I like to make history, not be a part of it."
Richardson said earlier this offseason that he wanted to remain with the Jets, right before taking a dig at ex-teammate Brandon Marshall while noting that the clubhouse was better without Marshall in it.
"I got drafted here … me and New York got a little edge to us both," Richardson told Mehta. "I hate losing. They hate losing. I hate it. I hate it with a passion. But I want to turn it around here. That's it for me, man. I started here. I want to finish here. That's how I think about it. It ain't in my power as far as that (happening) though."
The 26-year-old Richardson, who can be an unrestricted free agent after the season, said there is no hometown discount in the offing for the Jets.
"Hometown discount?" Richardson said. "I'm from St. Louis. ... There's no team in St. Louis. Kansas City is close. But not them either."
Richardson will earn $8.069 million this season, the final year of the four-year deal he signed prior to the 2014 season.
He had 62 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and one forced fumble last season.