In one sense, Barry Richardson has a few solid points that should have earned him some attention in NFL Free Agency. At the same time, few players have taken the public hits that Richardson has taken as the Kansas City Chiefs right tackle over the last two years. According to Pro Football Focus, Richardson has been among the worst offensive linemen in the NFL in the last year and that quote has been spread again and again as the Chiefs upgraded to Eric Winston. Now Richardson is getting a new start with the St. Louis Rams.
The flip side of the coin is that few offensive linemen hit the open market at age 26 with two complete seasons of starting experience. For a team in need of depth along the line, Richardson can definitely help. While the Chiefs definitely needed an upgrade, Richardson also needed a new start. Going across the state to the Rams will provide him with one.