Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson is another former New York Jet who I wish wore the star on the side of his helmet.
The first play I saw of him on film last week was against the Kansas City Chiefs and he pushed the double team back. This seems to be a regular thing as he shows he still has that ability.
Richardson does a great job of using his long arms to not allow the offensive lineman to get into his body. Richardson uses his long arms to control his opponent and can easily shed his man to make the tackle.
His interior pass rush is not elite but it is better than most other players of his size and position. Lineman have to account for Richardson as he has the ability to destroy a play if he is left one on one.
It appears as if Cleveland used him both as a zero and three-technique and didn’t lose a step in either role.
It is puzzling at the decision for Cleveland to release this very good and more than serviceable player. Veterans with big names are almost always connected to the Dallas Cowboys when available and it is concerning why the calls to bring in Richardson aren’t louder.
He isn’t one of those big names that aren’t effective anymore and his contract numbers weren’t astronomical so why did the Cleveland Browns release him and why hasn’t he signed with another team?
I did some digging and it appears as if Richardson might be holding onto hope that he might return to Cleveland on a smaller salary but that is just speculation.
The reality is Richardson’s wishes haven’t been made public but his first taste of the playoffs last season could prompt him to take a smaller salary with hopes of standing on top of the summit in early February.
The Dallas Cowboys still have plenty of work to do before the season starts. I just hope one or more of these five gentlemen are part of that plan soon.