"I actually called down to Miami and I talked to D-Wade and LeBron to see if they needed help down there," Richardson quipped. "I think they were set, so I thought this was my best opportunity to win a championship."
The Jets also made several other moves Tuesday, including releasing wide receiver Patrick Turner, who was claimed off waivers from the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The move leaves New York with three true wide receivers on the roster in Jerricho Cotchery, Braylon Edwards and Brad Smith, along with running back Danny Woodhead, who has been used as a slot man in the past.
To make room on the squad, the Jets released linebacker Ricky Foley and defensive back Donovan Warren.
Richardson, 38, said his release caught him off guard when the team told him Sunday, but he had to let the move "play out."
Richardson, who was released for the first time since the Dallas Cowboys cut him in 1994, was evasive when asked if any other team reached out to him during his one day of unemployment.
"It really wasn't upsetting," Richardson said. "It's the nature of the NFL, and NFL stands for 'Not For Long,' so you try not to let it get to you."
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