As the Vikings zeroed in on Kirk Cousins, the Chiefs and Bears added receivers and the Eagles continued to strengthen their already quality roster, Redskins fans began to get anxious.
Hey, uhh, they know free agency is underway, right? seemed to be the vibe amongst Burgundy and Gold supporters as the team stayed largely quiet in the early stages of the tampering period.
However, on Tuesday, the Redskins made their big move, reportedly signing Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson to a multi-year deal, according to multiple reports,
On Thursday afternoon, the team made it official, inking Richardson to a five-year contract worth $40 million, $20 million of which will be guaranteed.
Richardson, 25, is coming off the best season of his young career — a season that, to be honest, won't totally wow you numbers-wise. With Russell Wilson at QB, the Colorado product hauled in 44 catches for 703 yards and six scores for Seattle.
Jay Gruden, Alex Smith and Co. will be banking on Richardson seizing the larger role that the Redskins are sure to give him, though, and he certainly has the tools to do so.
Richardson brings with him 4.4 second 40-yard dash speed, speed that Washington's offense sorely missed in 2017, and he's made some downright insane catches at the pro level (try the first one in this clip on for size, especially if you like falling one-handers).
Now, Richardson does carry injury concerns as well as those questions about production. He tore his ACL in the 2014 playoffs and ended 2015 on the injured reserve, too, after hurting his hamstring on his only catch of the campaign.
But as long as he can stay healthy — something he was able to do the last two years — there's a good chance of him giving the Redskins their money's worth on the contract. Gruden's terrific at getting guys open, Smith is a QB who's capable of getting those open guys the ball, and Richardson has the talent to do things once that ball is in his hands.
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