Former Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson is expected to sign a five-year, $40 million deal with Washington, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
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 four seasons in Seattle after he was drafted by the Seahawks in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
The speedy receiver had a promising rookie season before suffering a torn ACL in a divisional playoff game against the Panthers. Richardson suffered a season-ending hamstring injury the following season, and was limited to 21 receptions for 288 yards in 2016.
However, 2017 saw a healthier Richardson, who in turn posted a breakout season. He appeared in all 16 games, starting 13, and finished the season with 44 catches for 703 yards and six touchdowns.
Ultimately, Richardson may have proved too pricey a weapon for the Seahawks, who sit in the bottom third of the league in salary cap space.
The loss of Richardson leaves Seattle with six receivers: Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, Amara Darboh, Marcus Johnson (acquired last week as part of a trade with the Eagles), Davis Moore and Cyril Grayson.