Free agent wide receiver Paul Richardson is set to leave the Seattle Seahawks.
Richardson has reportedly agreed to a five-year, $40 million deal with the Washington Redskins. The deal was first reported by Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. Richardson will get $20 million guaranteed over the lifetime of the contract, as well as a $10 million signing bonus.
In Washington, Richardson is expected to be throttled into a starting role, with he and Josh Doctson starting on the outside. This will send Jamison Crowder to the slot, giving the Redskins two very speedy options on the outside, and then a solid slot option in Crowder.
The 25-year-old Richardson, who will turn 26 in April, is leaving the Seahawks after his most productive season with the team. He quickly became Seattle’s second best wide receiver behind Doug Baldwin, passing up Tyler Lockett on the depth chart. His 44 catches for 703 yards and 6 touchdowns in 2017 were all career highs, and now he gets to potential reach even greater heights in Washington in a full-time starting role. Richardson is the first addition the Redskins have made too their offensive personnel since trading for Alex Smith in February.
Richardson posted a goodbye to the Seahawks on Tuesday, via his official Instagram page:
On The Game Day Report’s top 50 free agents of 2018 list, Richardson ranked 34th, largely in-part because we expected a payday like this for the 2014 second-round draft pick from Colorado. He’s completely changed as a player since his first two years in the league, and the Redskins are betting that he will keep continuing to trend upwards.
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