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2018 NFL Free Agency: Seahawks add former Cardinals WR Jaron Brown

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NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks made their second offensive addition of the day on Friday, signing wide receiver Jaron Brown.

The Seahawks lost receiver Paul Richardson to Washington, who gave him $40 million. Seattle will be paying far less for Brown, and they’ll be getting a player who for all intents and purposes has more limitations than Richardson. It’s not an exact one-to-one as far as replacements go — just like how new Seahawks tight end Ed Dickson (the other offensive addition of the day) is no Jimmy Graham — but Brown did have 477 yards last season for the Arizona Cardinals.

That included an eight-catch, 105-yard game against the San Francisco 49ers, both career-highs.

Brown is listed on Pro-Football-Reference at 6’2, 205 lbs and as Danny Kelly wrote in 2013, Seattle interviewed him at Clemson’s pro day leading up to the draft that year.

Tony Pauline further piqued my interest when he said Brown “Had the workout of the day. Timed 4.40s in the forty, posted a 35.5-inch vertical jump, 10′ 4”-broad jump and completed 17-reps on the bench. Turned in a sensational pass catching workout. As one coach told me, “he was overshadowed by the other two guys but he’s going to play in the NFL.””

He seems like a guy who could do more when given the right opportunities, but he’s now 28 and it’s not as though players at that age usually have more room to grow. Still, it’s his first opportunity with a new team and a new quarterback, so there’s always a chance; he is going to be competing for a job with Amara Darboh and David Moore, not stealing a starting spot right away.

This is another second, third-tier addition by the front office, and likely didn’t cost much.