Seahawks notes for Friday: No P-Rich in 2018?
By Lee Vowell
The Seahawks have made a lot of coaching changes. There might be even more player moves. But will Paul Richardson be one of them?
The Seahawks need dynamic players. Paul Richardson could be one of them. And John Clayton on his 710 ESPN Seattle show this week said Seattle will not go above $6 million a season for the receiver. And probably will only offer $5.5 million a year.
Here’s the weird thing, though. In Seattle’s 9 wins in 2017, Seattle threw Richardson the ball an average of four times a game. In Seattle’s losses, Russell Wilson targeted Richardson six times a game. Which is a bit strange, right? For whatever reason, Seattle had a better chance of winning when it threw to Richardson less.
Don’t get me wrong, though. I think the Seahawks should re-sign P-Rich. In his first fully healthy year, he showed moments of greatness. And he might be better in 2018.
The questions about him would be, can he maintain his health for more than one season? And is he worth more than $6 million a year to a team that really needs to focus on needs other than at receiver? And other teams might offer the unrestricted free agent more.
Plus, Tyler Lockett will be a free agent after 2018. Lockett has better versatility than Richardson due to his ability to return kicks. He is probably worth more in terms of Seahawks money in the future than Richardson.
Mike Solari has Walter Jones sold
Jones, the Hall of Fame offensive lineman, probably knows a thing or two about blocking. According to a report from the Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta, Jones says
"But the cool thing about (Solari) is he would listen to the players. A lot of times coaches don’t like to listen to players and what they like to do and how they like to get stuff done. So he is great at that. But he definitely demands you to go out there and do your best and be held accountable."
In fact, several respected players and coaches have praised the hire of Solari in Seattle. He is an experienced line coach. And he simply has to be better than Tom Cable has been over the last few years.
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