Broncos should look at signing WR Paul Richardson

The Denver Broncos, in need of help and depth at wide receiver, should look into signing recently released free agent bust Paul Richardson.

The Denver Broncos have a need for talent and depth at the wide receiver position, and there are certainly more ways than just the NFL Draft to find it.

Although the Broncos shouldn’t compromise adding talented prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft, which is loaded at the wide receiver position, they should undoubtedly consider options that pop up, and one just popped up on Friday.

The Washington Redskins released a number of veteran players, including former Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Paul Richardson.

Richardson was a second-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in the 2014 NFL Draft, and progressed well in their system before signing a five-year $40 million contract with Washington.

Unfortunately for both Richardson and the Redskins, the signing didn’t work out. In two seasons, he played 17 games with 48 receptions for 507 yards and four touchdowns. Not that Washington has had the greatest quarterback situation or anything, but Richardson also missed too many games due to injury.

Washington is taking on a dead cap hit of $6 million to make this move, so clearly new head coach Ron Rivera wasn’t interested in him as an expensive reclamation project.

The Broncos, however, might be into it as an inexpensive one.

Richardson, once upon a time, was a team captain at Colorado who posted a 4.40 in the 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine with a 38.5-inch vertical jump.

This is the type of field stretcher the Broncos need, and if Richardson can stay healthy, he would be worth the one or two-year flyer.

He’s only 27 years old, so it’s not like he’s past his prime or anything, either.

Richardson, having played his college ball in Boulder, might be interested in coming back to Denver where, in a best case scenario for him, he could beat out some rookies for the number two job this season in Denver opposite Courtland Sutton.

Next: Latest Broncos 2020 mock draft

The Broncos need to add speed at receiver. They don’t have to sign Richardson and bank on him as the only option. This is a risk worth taking.