The Washington Redskins have made their first move in free agency during the “legal tampering” period.  By signing Wide Receiver Paul Richardson to a 5-year, $40 million contract, they have the speed receiver they desperately missed last year.  Richardson has played the last four years in Seattle where he racked up 95 total receptions on 160 targets for 1,302 yards and eight touchdowns.

The 2017 season was his most productive year with 44 receptions on 80 targets for 703 yards and six touchdowns. Logic says that Richardson will start opposite of Josh Doctson, with Jamison Crowder moving permanently back to the slot and Jordan Reed at Tight End.  Another dimension that Richardson brings to the Redskins is that he can be a return man in a pinch.

However, there is a health concern to keep an eye on with Richardson.  He has suffered two torn ACL’s in his left knee.  The first time in college with Colorado in 2012 and then again in January 2015 with the Seahawks.  Richardson then proceeded to tear his hamstring and take him out from all but one game in the 2015 season.

Richardson had this to say to Seahawks fans via his Instagram:

As analyzed here earlier in the offseason, Richardson fits multiple needs the Redskins have  This signing will allow the Redskins to keep the draft focused on upgrading the offensive line and defense.

Signing Grade: B+

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