Trent Richardson Jets Rumors: Reported Lack of Interest Is a Ruse

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Trent Richardson Jets Rumors: Reported Lack of Interest Is a Ruse
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The New York Jets need a star running back like Alabama Crimson Tide bruiser Trent Richardson, but there is a report from Sal Paolantonio of ESPN surfaced (h/t Josh Alper of PFT) that the team isn’t interested in paying the price to move up to get him anymore.

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The ruse may be working.

Not only are the Jets taking this trade off the hot stove by pulling themselves out of the race via the media, they are helping to drop the asking price as the draft nears. The closer the draft gets, the less the Jets will have to pay.

ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio reported that Richardson was the No. 1 prospect on the board for the Jets, but reports now say that the price may just be too high.

New York Daily News Jets beat writer Manish Mehta is reporting on Twitter about the likelihood of Gang Green moving up to snag T-Rich:

Now that every sign points to the Jets not getting in on a trade for the No. 4 pick, it’s time for the organization to go all in to acquire it. They have formed a plan to help drive the price of the pick down, and they are succeeding.

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If the organization stays patient and allows other teams to lowball Cleveland, they will see the Jets' final offer and finally pull the trigger. New York has a good chance of getting a much better deal than the Atlanta Falcons did last season because the Browns were in the driver’s seat.

New York has the wheel in this scenario.

As good as Shonn Greene has been and can be in the future, he isn’t that big-impact player that the team thought he would be. Adding Richardson would not only give the Jets a better starting running back, it would alleviate pressure off Greene and allow him to be a great change-of-pace back.

Richardson and Greene in the backfield would be a dangerous tandem and something the Jets will make happen if the price is right.

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