League sources have confirmed to Las Vegas Raiders Report that former Seattle wide receiver Paul Richardson is high on the Raiders free agency wish list.
The Raiders will contact Richardson’s agent shortly as the three-day “tampering” window between clubs and unrestricted free agent player agents has begun. Richardson had been touted as a “sleeper” signing earlier in the off-season as we reviewed the current state of the Raiders’ roster.
Under Jon Gruden, Richardson would predominantly play in the slot. His wiry 6-foot frame allows him to have a quick change of direction, which Gruden will be able to take advantage of through various formations and pre-snap motion. Richardson has had issues with drops his entire career, though he also makes some of the most spectacular catches you’ll see from a receiver. The Raiders are confident that if Richardson were to join them, receivers coach Edgar Bennett would get Richardson’s drops under control.
Should Richardson sign with the Raiders, Seth Roberts’ position on the team will be under threat. The Raiders are still hoping Michael Crabtree takes a pay cut, but it is unlikely at this time that the Raiders would opt to release Crabtree over Roberts.