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Paul Richardson reportedly agrees to 5-year, $40 million contract with Redskins

The former Buffs receiver becomes a speedy option for Washington’s new look offense with quarterback Alex Smith.

Seattle Seahawks v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

The Washington Redskins added a downfield threat by signing former Seattle Seahawks WR Paul Richardson to a 5-year, $40 million contract with $20 million guaranteed, as first reported by NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

Richardson spent the first four seasons of his NFL career in Seattle as a second round selection (45th overall) in 2014. Despite being setback by injuries, the former All-Pac-12 receiver still accounted for a total of 95 receptions, 1,302 yards and eight touchdowns. Due to a breakout season with career highs in 2017, Richardson was likely to test the market as an unrestricted free agent. He becomes the latest receiver to sign a significant contract with a new team after Allen Robinson to the Chicago Bears and Sammy Watkins to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Richardson, 25, joins the Redskins during the prime of his career under Jay Gruden’s offensive structure that’ll hopefully feature his true potential. Richardson joins Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder and Jordan Reed.

In a note on Instagram Richardson said, “I just want to say thank you to the entire Seahawks organization for believing in me, drafting me and helping me develop into a better man and ball player. Thank you all the #12s who have been supporting me since I stepped into the NFL. Gonna miss that blue and green.. #DontBlink”

Richardson becomes the seventh former CU receiver to play for the Redskins since 1962. Michael Westbrook was the most notable with a seven-year tenure in Washington that ended in 2001.