Redskins to sign Paul Richardson to a five-year, $40-million contract

Ruben Hill
March 13, 2018

Kansas City and Chicago aren't the only teams signing wide receivers.

The NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported that Richardson will sign a five-year, $40 million contract when free agency officially begins Wednesday.

After three largely underwhelming years in the Pacific Northwest, Richardson appeared to turn a corner in 2017, catching 44 passes for 703 yards and six touchdowns.

A second-round pick in 2014 out of Colorado, Richardson was buried on the depth chart as a rookie and then suffered a torn ACL in the playoffs, causing him to miss the first half of the 2015 season.

This couldn't possibly be a better fit for both Richardson and the Redskins. With the departures of veterans DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon previous year, they simply didn't get enough production out of that position group. No Redskins receiver was able to surpass 800 yards receiving after they had three in 2016. Richardson would start opposite Josh Doctson, with Jamison Crowder serving as the slot receiver.

And with Doctson's fifth-year option decision looming next offseason, when Crowder becomes a free agent, Washington is hoping Richardson builds on the bright 2017 flashes and develops a strong rapport with Smith, helping a passing attack in transition stabilize.

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