Could the New York Jets be planning a stealth strike for running back Trent Richardson?
This nugget from ESPNNewYork.com scribe Rich Cimini left us arching an eyebrow:
At NFL event today, Trent Richardson said #Jets called him Sunday to verify correct contact info just in case they trade up for him. Hmm.â Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) April 25, 2012
Richardson could go as early as No. 4 to the Cleveland Browns, so getting to Richardson would be extremely costly for the Jets, who currently pick 16th.
But one thing to keep in mind: The Jets are adamant about going back to the "ground and pound" attack this season. A fine idea in theory, but they don't appear to have a running back on their roster capable of being the offense's focal point. (Sorry, Shonn Greene.)
General manager Mike Tannenbaum has never been shy on draft day. He has traded up in the first round three times during his tenure with the Jets. Could a fourth instance be on the way?
UPDATE: Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News spoke to one Jets official Wednesday who said, the trade rumors are "ridiculous".
The Jets again disputed the report Thursday when a senior team official told ESPN that there's a "0.0 percent chance" that a trade happens, unless a sweetheart deal is in play. The Jets appear to like Richardson, but the cost of moving up to get him seems too steep for their wallets.