NFL CAREER – Richardson is a fifth-year NFL veteran lineman, who has started 22-of-55 career NFL games, logging totals of 116 tackles (86 solo), seven sacks and one pass defensed.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Signed by New Orleans to reserve/future contract, 1/4/13; Released by New York Jets, 8/31/12; Signed by Jets, 4/16/12; Signed by Seattle Seahawks, 11/3/10; Waived by Oakland Raiders, 9/10/10; Placed on Injured Reserve by Oakland 9/5/10; Signed by Oakland, 6/27/07; Selected in the fifth-round (138th overall) by Oakland in the 2007 NFL Draft.
2012– Went to training camp with the Jets. 2010– Signed with the Seattle Seahawks prior to week nine…Saw action in seven of the final nine regular season games, logging eight tackles (five solo)….Made his postseason debut, as he appeared in both the Wild Card win vs. New Orleans (1/8/11) and the Divisional Playoff loss at Chicago (1/16/11) and posted two tackles (one solo). 2009 – Appeared in 16 games for the third-consecutive season for the Oakland Raiders and collected 23 tackles and matched his career-high with three sacks…Dropped Ravens QB Joe Flacco for a sack in season finale vs. Baltimore, 1/3/10. 2008 – Saw action in all 16 games, making 11 starts for Oakland. Notched career-bests in tackles (52), sacks (three) and passes defensed (one)…Sacked Dolphins QB Chad Pennington in the end zone for a safety at Miami, Nov. 16. 2007 – Saw action in all 16 games as a fifth-round pick…Made 11 starts and posted 33 tackles and a sack…Made his NFL debut vs. Detroit, Sept. 9…Started for the first time in his career, the first of 11 starts his rookie season vs. Cleveland, Sept. 23…Recorded the first sack of his career, dropping QB Jay Cutler for an eight-yard loss vs. Denver, Dec. 2.
COLLEGE – Saw action in 39 games at Ohio State and registered 52 tackles with seven sacks, 12.5 tackles for loss and three quarterback pressures…Caused and recovered a fumble while also deflecting nine passes…Started all 13 games as a senior at DE…Recorded 25 tackles with eight sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss…Led team’s defensive linemen with seven pass deflections…As a junior, played in 12 games as a reserve LDE…Had 11 tackles with two sacks, adding two pass deflections and a forced fumble…As a sophomore, started the first six games at DE, appearing in nine contests…Recorded 15 tackles with a sack and two tackles for a loss…Graduated in 2006 with a double major in African American history and communications.
PERSONAL – First-team All-Ohio selection as a senior after leading Scioto (Dublin, Ohio) HS to a 10-2 record...Of his 73 tackles that year, 43 were for a loss…Also played TE and led the league in touchdown receptions as a senior…Father played football at Tiffin University, while his mother played rugby at Ohio State…Started an insurance company, JR & Associates in 2009, providing consumer, business and investment research...Started the Jay Richardson Foundation in 2008 with the mission to generate heart health awareness and to provide young men opportunities for excellence in education and sports (thejayrichardsonfoundation.org).
New Orleans Saints senior writer John DeShazier talks with LB Jay Richardson for the Morning Report on Friday, September 13, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints OLB Jay Richardson talks about returning to the team on Thursday, September 12, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints defensive end Jay Richardson recovers a Tyler Bray fumble, halting the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive drive.