The Seahawks made an under-the-radar move late last week, when they signed Paul Richardson to a minimum deal. That’s surprising for a guy who – prior to the 2018 season – signed a 5-year, $40 million deal with the Redskins, but not surprising for a guy who has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career.
It’s kind of a no-brainer for the Seahawks. He costs next-to-nothing. And, while he was here prior to Brian Schottenheimer being named our offensive coordinator, Richardson was drafted by the Seahawks in 2014 and has a rapport with Russell Wilson. As a guy who was at least VALUED as a top-end receiver, who played really well in 2017 for the Seahawks (leading to that contract), this is a smart, no-risk type of move that can pay serious dividends.
Also, let’s face it, the Seahawks are pretty thin at receiver right now. The only healthy studs we have are Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf. Everyone else we’d penciled in to fill that #3 receiver void has an injury at the moment. And, with no pre-season games to acclimate them into our offense, it’s smart to go with someone who is at least familiar with our quarterback. Failing an opportunity to bring back Josh Gordon, I like rolling the dice here with Richardson.
The downside, of course, is that it’s likely this costs one of our younger receivers a spot on the roster. If they get picked up elsewhere, it’s going to hurt when Richardson ultimately gets hurt and we have to scramble for someone less good, or someone who’s not familiar with our offense.
But, of course, we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. There’s no guarantee Richardson even makes the roster! He could have lost a step. He could also get hurt in the next week as well. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN! God, I love these crazy, wild times we’re living in!