Redskins paid for potential in Paul Richardson, Ravens paid for dependability in Ryan Grant

JP Finlay
NBC Sports Washington
<p>The Redskins paid for higher potential with Paul Richardson, but for the Ravens, it made sense to pay for Ryan Grant.</p>

Redskins paid for potential in Paul Richardson, Ravens paid for dependability in Ryan Grant

The Redskins paid for higher potential with Paul Richardson, but for the Ravens, it made sense to pay for Ryan Grant.

The Ravens paid Ryan Grant a lot of money. A lot of money. How much?

How does a $10 million signing bonus sound? Or $14.5 million guaranteed?

It's true, all of it, those are just the sexiest parts of a four-year deal that could be worth as much as $29 million. 

For some Redskins fans, this deal is easy to dismiss. But for Baltimore, the deal could make sense. 

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Think about a few things, starting with the fact that Grant hasn't missed a game in four seasons. 

No Ravens wideout with at least 10 catches in 2017 played a full season, and most of them played even less. Breshad Perriman, a first-round pick in 2015, has started four games in three years. 

Last season, Ravens leading receiver Mike Wallace posted totals of 52 catches for 748 yards and four touchdowns. Joe Flacco targeted the 31-year-old Wallace 92 times.

Kirk Cousins targeted Grant nearly 30 less times, but the 27-year-old made just seven fewer catches and had the same amount of touchdowns. 

Grant was the Redskins most consistent receiver in 2017, and the Ravens had no wideout that anyone would label consistent.

Beyond that, Grant has an impeccable reputation among coaches and teammates as a hard worker. Don't believe it? Let his former Redskins teammates explain. 

Then there is the matter of the NFL salary cap. 

It's a good time to be a free agent. Sammy Watkins had less than 600 yards receiving last year, and landed a contract paying him $16 million. PER SEASON. 

The Redskins signed Paul Richardson to a deal worth as much as $40 million and $20 million guaranteed over five years. 

Richardson is a big-play threat with elite speed, two things Grant isn't. But Richardson has also finished two of his four NFL seasons on the injured reserve, while Grant has never missed a game. 

Make no mistake, the Redskins paid for higher potential with Richardson than Grant showed in four seasons with Washington. 

For the Ravens, however, it might have made sense to pay for the high floor of Grant. Baltimore hasn't had a dependable wideout for some time. Grant gives the Ravens dependability, and durability, and those attributes cost money too. 

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