Richardson, 27, was brought in to a much-needed deep threat, signing a five-year, $40 million deal with the Redskins in 2018. But Richardson could not stay healthy, appearing in only 17 of 32 games. When on the field, the Redskins rarely got him the ball as Richardson had only 48 catches for 507 yards and four touchdowns.
The move will save Washington just $2.5 million, carrying $6 million in dead money.
The Redskins will likely look to add another wideout this offseason. Washington had a promising young core of wideouts last year with Terry McLaurin, Kelvin Harmon and Steven Sims. McLaurin, too, can stretch the field in a manner similar to Richardson.
Richardson, who spent the first four years of his career with the Seattle Seahawks, will now be eligible to sign elsewhere.
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