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Ex-Jets first rounder is among the remaining free agents with the most upside potential

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Each NFL team is allowed to have up to 90 men on their roster when it goes to training camp.

That means over 2,880 players will be employed, but even so, there’s still some juicy talent in the free agent market, even beyond these guys.

This, of course, includes a very talented former member of the New York Jets.

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In a recent column for Bleacher Report, Alex Ballentine revealed the top seven agents with no upside that are sort of still available at this point in the offseason.

Former Jets first-round pick Sheldon Richardson cracked the list:

“It’s not easy to find a defensive tackle that can play well against the run while still offering some pass rush down the middle. Sheldon Richardson is one of the few options that fits that mold.”

Since 2016, the 31-year-old has played for four different NFL organizations, including the Jets, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns and two separate stints with the Minnesota Vikings.

Despite his status as a mercenary, Richardson displayed incredible tenacity throughout his career. In his nine-year NFL career, he has played 138 out of a possible 145 games.

Could Richardson return to the green-whites?

Back in February, said Rich Cimini, who covers the Jets for ESPN he could you might see the team swap Richardson for Sheldon Rankins.

Although the Jets guaranteed part of Rankins’ contract back in March, which is likely to secure his spot on the final 53-man list.

While that was the caveat to this potential Cimini partnership, the Jets could still use a proven defensive tackle in their system.

For most of his career, Richardson was an absolute stallion against the run, according to the PFF run defense analysis.

In addition to his lane-clogging ability, the former Missouri product is also a dynamic pass rusher:

He’s no longer a full-time player at this point in his career, but that shouldn’t matter because that’s not what the Jets are looking for.

They really need an experienced presence who can help replace some of what Foley Fatukasi has brought to the table as a running defender. Based on the advanced metrics, Richardson would be a natural fit for what the Jets need and would allow the big man to return to his old haunts.

Richardson originally entered the league as the No. 13 pick overall in the 2013 NFL draft. He quickly rose to stardom in New York, winning Defensive Rookie of the Year under the tutelage of Rex Ryan.

While Richardson’s stint here certainly saw some drama with brawls in the dressing room and trouble off the field, he always brought the energy to the football field and was a playmaker.

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In addition to his lane-clogging ability, the former Missouri product is also a dynamic pass rusher:

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