Why Paul Richardson is a perfect fit for what the Redskins need on offense
It’s clear that Richardson fit the mold of what the Redskins needed, and realistically, he was one of the few options who would have been in their price range. Sure, the team could have considered going for other options on the open market who might have been a little cheaper. Or they could have waited until the draft to resolve the issue.
But we live in a world where Ryan Grant left the Redskins to take a $29 million (!!!) deal from the Baltimore Ravens. And we also live in a world where the 2018 NFL Draft is weak at receiver. So, it looks like Paul Richardson was, in fact, the best option for what the Redskins needed. He should fit the offense very well and while they may be overpaying a bit for one year of production, it was a decision that the team had to make.
It seems likely that Jay Gruden and the Redskins offensive staff will try to feature Richardson in 2018. If he lives up to expectations and Doctson improves, then the Redskins receiving corps will look a lot different than they did during the 2017 season, where they had size, but no game-breaking ability.
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Richardson was a solid start to free agency. Now, it’s important to see what the team does next as they look to get back to the postseason in the post-Kirk Cousins era.