NFL Insider Predicts Broncos to 'Sniff Around' Redskins' Speedster WR Paul Richardson

Chad Jensen

The worst-kept secret in the Mile High City this offseason is that the Denver Broncos are bent on adding one, maybe even two, speedy wide receivers. Whether it be via NFL free agency or the draft, the Broncos plan to complement Courtland Sutton with some speed and add to Drew Lock's arsenal. 

On Friday, a new candidate emerged on the veteran market. The Washington Redskins are reportedly releasing seventh-year wide receiver Paul Richardson, according to NFL.com's Mike Garafalo.

NFL insider Benjamin Allbright quickly tied the Broncos to Richardson tangentially. 

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The Seattle Seahawks drafted Richardson in the second round of the 2014 draft out of the University of Colorado. In 2018, the Seahawks let him depart via free agency, where he signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Redskins. 

Fast forward two short seasons later, and Washington is getting out of the Richardson business. The question is, would he make sense as a potential Broncos target? 

The answer is, yes, absolutely. Not only would it represent a homecoming of sorts for Richardson, but he absolutely checks the boxes the Broncos are looking for at the wideout position. 

Richardson brings 4.40-speed to the table and can be used in a variety of ways in Pat Shurmur's offense. The fly in the ointment is that despite his speed and twitchy ability, Richardson has never really produced at a workhorse level. 

Then again, the same could be said for Emmanuel Sanders when the Broncos signed him as a free agent back in 2014. Peyton Manning quickly changed that and Sanders would go on to produce a 1,000-yard season catching passes predominantly from Trevor Siemian. 

Perhaps Richardson could follow a similar trajectory in Denver. Even if he didn't exactly match Sanders, Richardson would complement Sutton and give the Broncos a true threat to take the top off the defense. 

Richardson's career-high season statistically came in Seattle back in his contract year of 2017 where he hauled in 44 receptions for 703 yards and six touchdowns. 

Cost would ostensibly be an issue for the Broncos but considering that GM John Elway could end up with as much as $80 million in cap space to spend in free agency, the team will be able to afford to splurge a little if it means giving Lock every opportunity to succeed heading into his second year. 

Richardson is just 27 years old. Keep an eye on this situation. 

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Comments (17)
Broncopaul
Broncopaul

Make it happen and draft more wr help in 3rd round

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Dick Hanky
Dick Hanky

I'd pass on him. WR, and O Line through the draft. He was making $8 million/yr. I'd rather have more cash to make a run at DL, CB, and LB. Ideally Chris Jones or Reader. A.J. Bouye or some trade shenanigans for Slay. I wonder if the Broncs have anyone the Lions like. Littleton or Schobert. They'll definitely get a shot at Bouye and/or Byron. A chance at Schobert looks less likely, and the others are a reach, but I can dream.

Wyobronco
Wyobronco

I have mixed feelings about this one.

smilinassassin
smilinassassin

This fits the Elway free-agency mode to a T. Fill out roster holes with bargain signings that could eventually turn into steals. He won’t be getting the same money Washington was giving him, and played in the region which scores extra brownie points with the organization. I almost expect it to happen.

Brainco
Brainco

How is Richardson’s personality compared to cancer Sanders? I ask, because we don’t need another selfish prima donna.

BeGoodBroncos
BeGoodBroncos

I just hope they're careful where they sniff at. : ) Don't no much about him but a veteran of some sorts is probably desirable

Erick   Trickel
Erick Trickel

Editor

Remember that Elway likes to go into the draft with little to no clear cut needs. Paul Richardson gives Denver a speed option at WR allowing them to be more open to what they do in the draft.

Gmancan03
Gmancan03

I like it! We need 3 4.3/4.4 guys. Pick him up and get 2 more in the draft! 3x tyreke = Show

Broncsrock
Broncsrock

Richardson, Byron Jones, and Chris Jones would be quite the FA haul and would fill the glaring holes that the Broncos have. The only question would be is if they have enough cap space for those 3...

MilesAwayFan
MilesAwayFan

Richardson has been a JAG type of player his whole career, never made a splash, and some of that was with Russell Wilson, one of the best, throwing him balls. I don't see him as anything more than an adequate 3rd or 4th WR - which is fine if you can get him for that kind of money.

Nothing exciting or game-changing about this possible move.

Tommy108
Tommy108

WR is one of those positions where it often takes til the second year to really produce. Plus, I hate to go into the draft where everyone knows we have to take a WR. So I could live with this for the right price....but like everyone else, would rather pursue a CB or OL.

Chilly303
Chilly303

Richardson would make a good 3rd wideout, but if he's being looked at as the top WR opposite Sutton..... ummmm, not too excited for him in that role.


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