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

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2012

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 26:  Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates his touchdown against the Auburn Tigers with mascot Big Al at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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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.

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:

Jets like Trent Richardson, but feeling in organization is it'll be too pricey to trade up dozen spots. "It's ridiculous," 1 official said

— Manish Mehta(@TheJetsStream) April 25, 2012
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Unless Trent Richardson unexpectedly starts to slide, I've been told it's unlikely Jets will give up requisite picks to trade up 4 him #nyj

— Manish Mehta(@TheJetsStream) April 25, 2012

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.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 27:  New York Jets offensive coordinator  Brian Schottenheimer and head coach Rex Ryan (L) talk with Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets during their game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on November 27, 2011 in
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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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