Paul Richardson
Paul Richardson
29-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Two seasons into five-year, $40 million contract, Richardson was let go by Washington in February. The 28-year-old missed the team's final five games of 2019 with a hamstring injury, finishing up the campaign with 28 catches for 245 yards and two TDs in 10 contests. The 44-703-6 receiving line that Richardson compiled for the 2017 Seahawks represents the most productive season on his NFL resume to date. Following back-to-back injury-marred campaigns, Richardson has much to prove before re-entering the fantasy conversation, wherever he may wind up in 2020. Read Past Outlooks
$Released by the Seahawks in September of 2020.
Cut quickly by Seahawks
WRFree Agent
September 5, 2020
Richardson was released by the Seahawks on Saturday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
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The writing was on the wall following David Moore's contract restructuring. The addition of Josh Gordon, who could be reinstated at some point in the near future, and the return of Phillip Dorsett (foot) to practice made Richardson expendable. He'll join a host of notable names to immediately enter free agency.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Paul Richardson's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 0"
 
Weight
180 lbs
 
Shuttle Time
4.23 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.98 sec
 
Vertical Jump
37.5 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Someone has to catch passes in Washington. Assuming Richardson can return from multiple fractures to his right clavicle - he had surgery in November with a recovery time of 6-8 months - he's probably the top candidate. The team's first-round pick from 2016, Josh Doctson, is still around, but the Redskins declined the fifth-year option on his contract and didn't address receiver depth in the draft until the third round (Terry McLaurin). Moreover, Richardson signed a five-year, $40 million contract in March 2018, so if he's healthy, we'd expect the Redskins to use him. At 6-0, 170, Richardson is slight but fast (4.40 40), and he was able to make some big plays given modest opportunities in Seattle. Last year with the Redskins, Richardson saw either five or six targets in six of seven weeks before shutting things down, i.e., he was on pace for roughly an 80-target workload. With Jamison Crowder gone, Richardson could see more work out of the slot this year, but it's unclear whether newly acquired Case Keenum or first-round rookie Dwayne Haskins will be throwing him the ball. In either case, it's likely to be a subpar passing game.
A 2014 second-round pick, Richardson had a nice season in 2017, but it was still surprising the Redskins shelled out $40 million for him, including $17.5 million that is virtually guaranteed. At 6-0, 183, Richardson is slightly built but fast (4.40 40), and he's also quick and capable of making big plays - three catches of 40-plus last year. But Richardson benefitted from Russell Wilson's ability to extend plays with his legs, and Redskins QB Alex Smith, though mobile, isn't the same caliber of player. In addition, the Redskins use Jamison Crowder, another small, quick receiver, from the slot and Josh Doctson, a bigger, more athletic deep threat, outside, so it's unclear how Richardson fits into their plans. And that's before accounting for injury-prone tight end Jordan Reed and tailback Chris Thompson, both of whom will have significant roles in the passing game if they actually stay healthy.
Richardson has a chance to compete for more reps in 2017 after registering 21 receptions and 288 yards and one touchdown in 15 games. He really started to hit his stride at the end of the season and churned out his best performances during the playoffs, recording seven receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown during the Seahawks' two-game postseason run. With Tyler Lockett recovering from a fractured fibula and Jermaine Kearse coming off a down year, Richardson's stock is quickly rising this offseason. All that considered, the 25-year-old could be a darkhorse fantasy producer in 2017.
Plagued by injuries throughout the 2015 season, Richardson appeared in just one game when he caught one ball for 40 yards on six total snaps. He ended the year on IR with a hamstring issue but figures to be ready as a full participant for training camp heading into his third season in the league. Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, and Tyler Lockett will lead the way for the Seahawks' receiving corps, but Richardson is an early favorite for the No. 4 spot if he's healthy heading into the season.
Richardson largely disappointed as a rookie, though he came on late in the year, getting half of his 44 targets in the last four games. At 6-foot, 183 pounds, he was too easily jammed at the line, preventing him from capitalizing on his tremendous speed. Thanks to a torn ACL suffered in the playoffs, his speed likely won't be the same this season. Richardson won't be ready for the start of the season, likely beginning the year on the PUP list.
Richardson has great speed and could become a dangerous deep threat, but he'll need to prove that his lack of size and the durability issues he had in college won't be liabilities in the NFL. With Sidney Rice's abrupt retirement, Richardson should land the No. 4 receiver job.
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Officially signs with Seattle
WRSeattle Seahawks
August 29, 2020
Richardson signed a contract with the Seahawks on Saturday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
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Seattle reunion possible
WRFree Agent
Hamstring
August 26, 2020
Richardson (hamstring) visited the Seahawks on Wednesday and could re-sign with the team this week, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
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Cut by Washington
WRFree Agent
Hamstring
February 14, 2020
Richardson is being released by Washington, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
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Looking like a cap casualty
WRWashington Football Team
Hamstring
February 7, 2020
Richardson (hamstring) may be cut this offseason, ESPN.com's John Keim reports.
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Moved to injured reserve
WRWashington Football Team
Hamstring
December 14, 2019
Richardson (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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