The Raiders never specified why Richardson wasn't ready, but reports suggested that the back did not come to camp at the team's expected weight. The former first-round pick will have to make an impression to land a starting job, with
Moreover, the team placed defensive tackle
"I think it will be a competitive situation," Del Rio said.
Del Rio also spoke about the fact that he is encouraged by Richardson's potential.
"What I saw when we brought him in and talked to him was a young man that was hungry to kind of leave that portion of his career behind him and start fresh," Del Rio said. "My challenge to him was, 'Look, I don't want you to worry about anything other than coming in here and competing your butt off every day. Come in here and be a great teammate. Come in here and find a role on special teams. Come in here and just grind every day with the hunger you had as a freshman at Alabama.'"
The deal is set to pay Richardson $3.9 million over two years but includes incentives that can raise the deal to $4 million per year, NFL.com reports.
Richardson joins a backfield featuring Latavius Murray, Roy Helu and Marcel Reece. Richardson has averaged 3.3 yards per carry over his career since being drafted No. 3 overall in 2012 by Cleveland.
Richardson scored 12 touchdowns as a rookie but has a total of seven in the past two seasons.
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