Paul Richardson’s name came up all over the place Thursday, with a lot of chatter about his situation as he prepares to hit free agency.
Richardson was on the radio in his hometown of L.A., talking to the loudmouth with the goofiest name in broadcasting. Asked about possibly leaving Seattle for a passing offense, P-Rich said, “I do think about it. I think about it a lot, especially with my situation coming up with free agency.”
Richardson probably senses he will be leaving. The Seahawks apparently are willing to pay $5.5 million a year, per John Clayton, but Richardson seems likely to get at least $7 million from another team.
He caught 44 of 80 passes for 703 yards and six touchdowns in 2017 — the first year he played all 16 games. Those numbers — based on catch rate (55 percent) and yards per catch (16) — match up favorably to $8 million receivers Michael Crabtree (58/101-618-8), Kenny Stills (58/106-847-6) and Marvin Jones (61/108-1,101-9).
There’s no way the Hawks should pay $8 million a year to a guy who has played only one healthy season. Besides, they surely prefer to pay Tyler Lockett, who doubles as their return man and figures to return to form in 2018 after coming back from a broken leg in 2017.
As for P-Rich, he almost seemed to be saying goodbye to Russell Wilson when he subtweeted a video of Wilson’s 2017 highlights, which featured several big catches by Richardson. The receiver said simply, “Thanks DangeRussWilson.”