That group now features eight players who have made a Pro Bowl: Richardson, Bennett, Avril, linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, cornerback Richard Sherman and safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.
Imagine being Jermaine Kearse right now.
A person with direct knowledge of the deal says the Seahawks acquired defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson from the New York Jets on Friday in exchange for wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and a second-round draft pick. After years of playing on the defensive line, the Jets started the 26-year-old at linebacker in 2016.
The Jets also receive Seattle's 2018 second-round draft pick and the teams are swapping seventh-round picks, a source told ESPN.
The Jets have a dire need of help at the receiver position, so this trade makes flawless sense. Last year, he posted just 1.5 sacks in 15 games, though he did add 62 tackles, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.
Kearse caught 41 passes for 510 yards and one touchdown last season.
Richardson does come to Seattle with some baggage.
In his sixth season out of Washington, Kearse has 153 receptions, 2,110 yards and 11 touchdowns in 69 career regular season games, all with the Seahawks. New York's newest addition should have an opportunity to slide into the No. 1 role ahead of Robby Anderson and ArDarius Stewart once he learns the offense. The wideout agreed to a three-year, $13.5 million deal prior to the 2016 season.
But he was suspended twice for off the field incidents. The 2013 Defensive Rookie of the Year, Richardson has never played in a 4-3 base set in the pros but has rushed from inside in Jets sub-packages and is obviously a proven talent.
The move gives the Jets the veteran receiver they need to bolster an inexperienced group while parting ways with Richardson, something they have been seeking to do for some time. He'll be the team's best receiver by a wide margin.