Seahawks may be reuniting with WR Paul Richardson, C Justin Britt
The Seahawks’ wide receivers room may be welcoming back a familiar face – just not the one that you might be expecting. In fact, two old friends may be rejoining the team.
Paul Richardson, a 2014 second-round Seahawks pick who spent four years with the team, was at the team’s headquarters in Renton on Wednesday undergoing a COVID-19 test, according to NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo.
Possible reunion in Seattle between the #Seahawks and WR Paul Richardson. Sources say the team’s former second-round pick is at the facility today for COVID-19 testing. He’ll go through protocol and could sign later this week.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 26, 2020
That would indicate at the very least some strong interest from Seattle in reuniting with the veteran wide receiver.
Richardson was one of two players on a list that the Seahawks gave a tryout to on Wednesday, according to MMQB NFL reporter Albert Breer. The other: fellow 2014 second-round pick Justin Britt. The veteran center had his 2019 season cut short by an ACL injury, and he was released from his contract in April ahead of the final season of a three-year, $27 million deal. Britt started all but two games at center for Seattle from 2016 through the first eight games on 2019 and was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2016.
Regarding Richardson, it has been believed throughout the offseason that if wideout Josh Gordon’s indefinite suspension was lifted by the NFL, he would rejoin the Seahawks, who he spent most of the 2019 season with. Instead of waiting for something to break there, however, the Seahawks may be going a different direction while still bringing back someone with experience in its offense with quarterback Russell Wilson.
Richardson, 28, broke out in his fourth pro season with the Seahawks in 2017, making 44 receptions on 80 targets for 703 yards and six touchdowns. Each one of those numbers still stand as career-highs for the 6-foot, 180-pounder.
After the successful 2017 season, Richardson signed a five-year deal, $40 million deal with Washington. The former Colorado Buffaloes standout struggled to stay on the field in his time in D.C., however, playing just seven games in 2018 and 10 in 2019. Washington cut Richardson in February.