Dec 8, 2012; Birmingham, AL, USA; Jackson State Tigers wide receiver Rico Richardson (83) catches a pass for a touchdown as Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions defensive back Jamel Maxwell (28) defends during the SWAC Championship at Legion Field. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Chiefs To Sign UFA Rico Richardson

The Kansas City Chiefs reportedly have signed UFA Rico Richardson, a wide receiver from Jackson State.

The news was announced by Richardson’s Twitter feed a bit earlier when he tweeted out his excitement.


A short while later, he tweeted out a second announcement, in case anyone missed the first.


As with several of the other signings the Chiefs have made during this post draft, undrafted free agent frenzy, the team is sticking close to home with Richardson. Richardson did not participate in the NFL Combine, but he did have a showing during Jackson State’s Pro Day.

2013 Jackson State Pro Day: A total of 10 players from Jackson State worked out at the school’s pro day on March 8. The workouts were held outdoors on grass in front of six NFL teams. Rico Richardson, WR (5-11 ½, 167 pounds) – Richardson proved impressive enough to earn an invite to the Super Regionals in Dallas. He ran a time of 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash and recorded a 35½-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-1 broad jump. He ran a 4.12 short shuttle and 6.77 in the cone drill. Richardson recorded 12 bench presses and worked out as a wide receiver. – Gil Brandt,

While he didn’t wow anyone enough to get drafted, his numbers aren’t terrible by any means. His career stats won’t frighten Dwayne Bowe into thinking his job is in jeopardy, but they’re nothing terrible. In his senior year at Jackson State, he caught over 1,000 yards in passes and 11 TDs. Not too shabby.

What do you think, Addicts? Are you happy the Chiefs have finally addressed the WR position with a rookie?

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  • ladner morse

    Fast. Creates separation. Sacrifices his body for the ball. Good hands. At 6-0 and 167 his build is too light to endure the NFL game but, he looks quick as well as fast and may be able to outrun the hits.

    I like him and think he can compete for a starting job in KC.

    • berttheclock

      I would have to go back and check the numbers, but, I did see in his game against the SEC, Mississippi State, he had caught, I believe, 7 passes for very good yardage. Hmmm, “creates separation”. Is there a book with that title available for Baldwin? But, would he really read it and understand any of the meanings.

      I have seen the entire list of UDFAs signed by the Chiefs, but, when, I saw his name, it stood out, especially, as the Chiefs need more wide outs with both speed and hands. I really hope the dropsy by Avery last season had more to do with his year off and how a mind can work after rehab for a major knee problem. While running against a tough DB, you keep singing, “My knee is OK, this I know, because my Ortho Pod told me so, Yes, my Ortho Pod loves me………”. Yeah, right.

      • TigerNatl

        Rico is similar to Deshean Jackson of the eagles. He was a thousand yard receiver his senior year in high school as well as in college. He creates separation. I was actually at the Mississippi State game. Rico actually dropped his first 4 or 5 passes in that game but eventually he ended up with like 9 catches for 95 yards. The 2 CBs from Mississippi State drafted in the 2nd round covered Rico.

        Nice UDFA signing by the chiefs. This guy can play.

  • george smith

    He was a classmate awesome athlete

  • KCMikeG

    Don’t forget we have Wylie, Hemingway, Bellamy & Newsome to compete with Bowe, Baldwin, McCluster & Avery


    We should see a lot of 4 receiver sets this year,im so excited! Im telling you now,mccluster is gonna have a nice year!

  • steve james

    I can’t remember an off season where we were this active bringing in players from all avenues. Good stuff you know these UFA ‘s will have a lot of fire to make it vs a dude who already has through the draft.

  • Jason J Morrison

    if he does not make it as a slot receiver, i think he would make a dynamic kick returner with that kind of speed.
    I am lovin all the competition at the receiver positions they are bringing in. I am excited about having a dangerous offense and hopefully we can keep pace with the donkeys this year but would love to get into the playoffs as at least a wild card.

  • JacksonState601

    Rico is a beast! I wish him well in K.C. Sylvester Morris was the last receiver from Jackson State that played at K.C. Rico is coming to pick up where Morris left off. Count on it!! “JSU Rocks Da House.”

  • Shelia Chatman

    Go get ‘em Rico