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Seahawks acquire Sheldon Richardson for Jermaine Kearse, draft pick

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The Seahawks defense just got better.

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The Seattle Seahawks are the favorites in the NFC West, and they just added a big piece of the puzzle to further secure the division. The Seahawks traded wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and a conditional second or third round draft pick to the New York Jets for Sheldon Richardson.

The Jets tanking continues, but the Seahawks now find themselves with an even more ridiculous defensive front. Seattle has a group that includes Richardson, Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Frank Clark, Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, and Ahtya Rubin. They’ll do some extensive rotation, and it is going to be pretty difficult doing much of anything against that group with consistency.

It’s safe to say the 49ers will face a couple of serious challenges against this defense in 2017. The 49ers interior line is a question mark, with the two guards no sure thing. The 49ers just added Laken Tomlinson to compete at the guard position, and we still await word on Joshua Garnett’s status. But the 49ers guards are going to be in for a heck of a time this fall when they face this defensive front.