The Redskins showed interest in free agent WR Allen Robinson, but it now appears the former Jaguar is a done deal to the Chicago Bears. While Washington had definite interest in Robinson, folks around the organization hinted that the price tag might grow too high for a player coming off an ACL injury.
Other top receiver names are off the market. The Browns traded for Jarvis Landry and reports show Sammy Watkins will ink a deal with the Chiefs.
The Redskins still need help at wide receiver, and that means the team will turn their top focus to Paul Richardson.
A 6-foot, 178 lb. speedster, Richardson proved capable of big plays last season in the Seahawks offense. He caught 44 passes for more than 700 yards, good for 16 yards-per-catch, to go along with six touchdowns.
Richardson is a different, less proven player than Robinson, but the former Seahawk has plenty of potential. A second-round pick out of Colorado in the 2014 Draft, Richardson is coming off his best season in Seattle and fits the mold of what Redskins executives said they wanted in free agency: Young players coming off rookie contracts with the chance to reach full potential in Washington.
In 2017, the Redskins had no receiver with more than 800 yards receiving, and the team knows they need to add more speed and skill to the position group. Josh Doctson and Jamison Crowder will certainly return in 2018, but after that, Ryan Grant and Terrelle Pryor are free agents, with few expecting Pryor to return. Grant might but he might not, and Washington must at least replace his production.
The Redskins have other wideouts they want to consider, including Donte Moncrief of the Colts or Taylor Gabriel of the Falcons. Both fit a similar pattern as Richardson; young with potential.
It looks like Washington will be left without a marquis free agent name at receiver, but that doesn't mean the Redskins can't still get a guy they want in Richardson.
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