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The Seattle Seahawks are turning to a former first-round pick
to help fill one of the gaps on its revamped defense.

The Seahawks and free agent outside linebacker/defensive end Barkevious Mingo
reached agreement on a two-year deal on Wednesday at the start of the new NFL
league year. According to a person with knowledge of the deal Keith
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includes $3.2 million in guaranteed money.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity
because the deal had not been announced by the team.

It was a rare addition for Seattle on the first day of free agency. The
Seahawks have typically waited for the first rush of signings to subside before
jumping into the free agent pool. But the addition of Mingo also stopped a wave
of departures from the Seahawks on the defensive side, highlighted by the
subtractions of cornerback Richard Sherman and defensive end Michael Bennett in
the past week.

Mingo, 27, was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2013 draft by
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the Browns has bounced to New England and Indianapolis the past two seasons.

Mingo started six games last season for the Colts and finished with a
career-high 32 tackles. He'll likely be in the competition for the strongside
linebacker spot in Seattle's defense playing near the line of scrimmage. Seattle
has struggled to find a consistent option for that position since losing Bruce
Irvin in free agency after the 2015 season. Seattle used Michael Wilhoite and
Terence Garvin as the primary starters at the position last season.

The
Washington Redskins signed former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson
to a five-year deal in the hopes that he provides them the outside speed threat
they lacked last season after the departure of DeSean Jackson.

Richardson had 95 catches for 1,302 yards and eight touchdowns in four
seasons with the Seahawks after they drafted him in the second round in 2014. He
had 44 receptions for 703 yards and six touchdowns last season.

The 25-year-old said he can "beat guys downfield, take the top off the
coverages, challenge people downfield." He'll be tasked to do that after his
breakout 2017.

"Stretch the offense Marquez
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president of player personnel Doug Williams said Thursday.

"When the defense knows that you don't have the speed, they all come up and
just cover you up and make you throw the ball underneath and it kind of kills
the offense. Now they've got to respect Paul Richardson."

According to multiple reports, Richardson's deal is worth $40 million.
Richardson joins a Redskins receiving group that also includes Jamison
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who was re-signed this week.

The Redskins will look very different in the passing game with recently
acquired quarterback Alex Smith replacing Kirk Cousins and receivers Ryan Grant
and Terrelle Pryor and tight end Niles Paul gone. Richardson said he looks
forward to developing chemistry and trust with Smith.

"I want him to know I'm always available," Richardson said. "Just throw it.
It don't matter where it is. I'm going to go get it. And I'm going to turn him
into a believer."

On Thursday, Washington wrapped up a three-year deal with linebacker Zach
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who led the league with 127 tackles through Week 15 before his season was cut
short by injury.

"We're glad to have Zach back," coach Jay Gruden said. "To have him in his
second year in this system is very important. He'll be a lot more comfortable.
To get him back here for another year is important for our defense."

Washington also signed former Dallas Cowboys punter Sam Irwin-Hill, according
to a tweet from his agent. The 27-year-old figures to be training camp
competition for established punter Tress Way.

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