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Seahawks free agency 2018: Paul Richardson expected to sign with Washington

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Paul Richardson’s first full, healthy, and productive season with the Seattle Seahawks also turned out to be his last with the team.

NFL Network reports that Washington will sign Richardson to a five-year contract that nets him an average of $8 million per season.

This is pretty much what Field Gulls’ own John P. Gilbert predicted back in November, and also a deal the Seahawks were highly unlikely to ever make.

Richardson notched career highs in receptions (44), yards (703), touchdowns (6), and 2017 was the first time he played in all 16 games. He was always going to be one of the bigger names in this year’s free agent market, and now he’ll be leaving the state of Washington to play for the team based out of Washington DC.

With Richardson gone, that effectively leaves the Seahawks with one of Amara Darboh or Tanner McEvoy as #3 on the receiving depth chart. Any hopes of getting Sammy Watkins or Allen Robinson appear to be gone, as Watkins is expected to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs, while Robinson is likely headed for the Chicago Bears.

By the way, center Justin Britt is now the last member of the 2014 Seahawks draft class to still be on the roster.