Seahawks sign top draft pick Paul Richardson


The Seattle Seahawks continue to lock up members of their 2014 draft class.

Wide receiver Paul Richardson announced via Twitter that he had signed his contract with the team Tuesday afternoon. A team spokesman confirmed the signing. Per NFL rules, the deal is a four-year contract.

Richardson was Seattle’s top selection in the draft, selected with the No. 45 overall pick in the second round.

As a senior at Colorado, Richardson caught 83 passes for 1,343 yards and 10 touchdowns in 12 games for the Buffaloes. Richardson is expected to be an outside receiver and possible punt returner for Seattle.

Richardson practiced just one day with the team during last weekend’s rookie mini-camp. He flashed his speed and catching ability all over the field, including a 63-yard touchdown catch from undrafted rookie free agent Keith Price. However, Richardson banged his shoulder diving for a pass on the final play of Friday’s practice and sat out the final two days as a precaution. Head coach Pete Carroll said Richardson would be fine a couple of days.

Seattle has now signed five of their nine draft picks. Richardson, fourth-round defensive end Cassius Marsh, fifth-round defensive tackle Jimmy Staten, sixth-round cornerback Eric Pinkins and seventh-round fullback Kiero Small have all signed their rookie deals.

Second-round right tackle Justin Britt, fourth-round receiver Kevin Norwood, fourth-round linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis and sixth-round tackle Garrett Scott remain unsigned. Scott did not pass a physical in order to participate during the team’s rookie mini-camp.