Seattle has offered Richardson a deal worth $11 million a year, Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports, but Richardson wants $15 million a season.
The Seahawks had a chance to place the franchise tag on Richardson, but it would have cost $14.5 million in 2018. The Seahawks found that number unreasonable given their cap situation, so they aren’t going to pay him $15 million a season. Russell Wilson is the team’s highest-paid player with a base salary of $15.5 million in 2018.
The Seahawks also are dealing with safety Earl Thomas, who is dissatisfied with his contract.
So Richardson is testing the market to see if another team offers more than what the Seahawks have.
UPDATE 3:38 P.M. ET: Garafolo tweeted that he misspoke in saying the Seahawks offered Richardson $11 million, saying he meant Richardson would take something in the $11 million per year range. “Gotta clear something up. I’m being cited as saying the Seahawks are offering $11m per year to Sheldon Richardson. They are NOT. I reviewed the clip and I see how I phrased it in a way that made it seem that’s what I was saying. Bad wording by me. Apologies on that.”