Redskins expected to sign WR Paul Richardson
The Washington Redskins missed out on one of their top targets at wide receiver with Allen Robinson choosing to sign with the Chicago Bears. However, they did manage to land one of their other main options in Paul Richardson, who is expected to sign a five-year, $40 million deal with $20 million guaranteed.
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
Richardson, 25, spent his first four seasons in the league with the Seattle Seahawks, who drafted him in the second round in 2014. He had a fairly nondescript first three years with the team, in large part due to the torn ACL he suffered at the start of his second season.
However, finally started to make good on all of his potential last season. He had a big breakout year in 2017 as he had 44 catches for 703 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games (13 starts).
Richardson will now head to a Redskins team which needed to add more depth at receiver this offseason following a subpar 2017. With the departures of veterans DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon last year, they simply didn’t get enough production out of that position group.
Young receivers Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson were both unable to fully carry the load as the team’s top options, while free-agent signing Terrelle Pryor was a major disappointment. No Redskins receiver was able to surpass 800 yards receiving after they had three in 2016.
It still remains to be seen whether any of Richardson, Crowder, or Doctson can make the leap and become the consistent No. 1 receiver the team needs. If not, then Alex Smith and the Redskins offense will have to do the best they can with the weapons they have at their disposal.