The Washington Redskins are adding some speed to their receiving core. It is reported they will sign former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson to a five-year, $40 million deal with $20 million guaranteed. Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported the news of the signing on Twitter.
Redskins are expected to sign WR Paul Richardson to a five-year, $40 million deal with $20 million in guarantees, sources say.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 13, 2018
No doubt this move was done to give a big weapon to new quarterback Alex Smith. The Redskins traded for Smith earlier in the year and also signed him to a new four-year extension. That deal came as a surprise to some and solidified the fact that Kirk Cousins was going to become a free agent.
Richardson was selected in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft and played well during his four years with the team. Last season was a breakout year for Richardson, who had 44 receptions, 703 yards, and 6 touchdowns. He became a favorite of quarterback Russel Wilson and will be a huge loss for the Seahawks.
The Redskins have struggled to spread the field since DeSean Jackson left. Jackson was a speedy receiver who could open up other parts of the field and spread the defense out. Richardson has the ability to help stretch the field and give Smith a chance to find an open target.