The Seahawks signed receiver Paul Richardson Jr. on Saturday, bringing back the player who was their top pick in the 2014 draft. Defensive end Eli Mencer was waived/injured to make room on the 80-man roster.
Richardson joined the Seahawks as the No. 45 overall pick in 2014 after Seattle traded back from the end of the first round, and spent four seasons with the Seahawks before signing with Washington as a free agent in 2018. After playing mostly in a reserve role early in his career and missing almost the entire 2015 season due to injury, Richardson had a breakout 2017 season, catching 44 passes for 703 yards and six touchdowns while starting 13 of 16 games played. Richardson also made one of the more impressive catches in franchise postseason history, hauling in a one-handed touchdown grab despite defensive pass interference in a Wild Card win over Detroit.
After signing with Washington, Richardson appeared in 17 games over two seasons, recording 48 receptions for 507 yards and four touchdowns. He was released by Washington in February.
Mencer signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted rookie out of Albany in May. Mencer would revert to Seattle's injured reserve list if he clears waivers.
A look back at some of the best photos of wide receiver Paul Richardson from his first stint with the Seattle Seahawks, 2014-2017. Richardson signed with Seattle as a free agent on August 29, 2020.