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New York Jets: Fifth-Year Option on Sheldon Richardson Exercised, Not for Dee Milliner
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2 May 2016 01:01 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson. (Image Source: Evan Pinkus/AP Photo)

On Monday, the final day for NFL teams to exercise the fifth-year option for first-round picks from the 2013 NFL Draft, the New York Jets have exercised the option on defensive end Sheldon Richardson. The Jets selected Richardson with the 13th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, which they acquired from the Tampa Bay Bucs when they traded Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis.

Selecting Richardson was the best move by former general manager John Idzik. The defensive lineman was named AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2013 and he was a Pro Bowl selection in his sophomore season. This past year, Richardson recorded five sacks in 11 games. He missed four games stemming from a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

He’s an elite talent so it was expected that the Jets would exercise the option on Richardson, which will cost the club $8 million.

No one was surprised that the Jets also chose not to exercise the fifth-year option on Dee Milliner, who was drafted ninth overall in 2013, as the team was looking for a replacement for Revis. He hasn’t worked out nearly as well as Richardson.

After a rocky rookie season, Milliner has played in just eight games over the past two years and he’s made a mere seven tackles, so we’ll excuse you if you didn’t notice him. Injuries have played a role in his lack of development. As the ninth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Milliner had a hefty $11.9 million price tag for his fifth season.  

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email:

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