I am not worried about Seahawks losing Graham or Richardson
The Seattle Seahawks lost their starting tight end and #2 wide receiver this year as Jimmy Graham and Paul Richardson signed big contracts at Green Bay and Washington respectively. The news of the signing concerned some Seahawks fans; however, I am here to tell you, that the Seahawks will be just fine with out them.
The fans have had a love/hate relationship with Jimmy Graham for a couple of years now, we loved that he scored 10 touchdowns and pulled in 520 yards. But the reasons to dislike Graham’s play are valid, he could have done more. The Seahawks tried to plug Graham into a Darrell Bevell offensive system that Graham was just not capable of performing well in.
First, Jimmy has no ability or desire to block. Strange as it is for me to say a 6’7 260lb human being has no ability block, but Graham’s technique stunk and he had no desire to take the tutelage from Seahawks coaches. The new offensive system that Brian Schottenheimer is bringing in requires blocking from the tight end position and Graham just wont fit this scheme.
Secondly, even though Graham had a great friendship with Russell Wilson off the field, the two never seemed to connect well on the field, judging by the rather meek 9.1 average yards per catch in 2017 and never eclipsing the 65 catches he had in 2016. His production in the passing game were (as Chris Carter would say) pedestrian for a “star” in this league.
Finally, Graham is north of 30 years of age and has had history of knee injury. The Packers are getting a damaged product, however, they run a “wide open” passing game that won’t require him to block and will throw more targets his way. His targets will come over the middle, where injuries are more likely; however, the Packers are willing to take that risk, and I am happy that the Seahawks are not.
Paul Richardson had developed into a nice #2 reliever replacing Jermaine Kearse (traded to Jets) and Tyler Lockett (recovering from injury). Richardson set career highs with 44 catches, 703 yards, and 6 touchdowns.
Those are nice numbers; however, in 4 years, Richardson averages 23 catches, 325 yards, 13.7 yards per catch, and 2 TDs. The Hawks 2nd round pick out of Colorado knowing that he had a devastating injury in college. Richardson has only 19 starts in those 4 years due to various knee injuries a pros on the injured list with knee issues. In 2017, he had a hand injury that kept him down and if you sense a patter, that is because there is a pattern.
Paul is only 25 and still has 4.40 speed, but I am afraid the Redskins far overpaid for a “complementary” player. He will be going to Washington on a 5 year $40 million deal. And if that is the going price that is far more than the Seahawks need to spend.
The Seahawks can find far less expensive players in free agency or the draft to produce to replace them. While Graham’s and Richardson’s athleticism is elite, both are injury risks and have not performed up to their ability. I wish both of them the best of luck in their future endeavors as both were model citizens in their time in Seattle, but as the way of professional sports, it is time to move on from them and look to the future.