Every now and then comes a move that makes us football fans scratch our heads and personally I feel that this is one of them. Today former Alabama standout and rising star, Trent Richardson has been traded from the Cleveland Browns to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a 2014 1st round draft pick . The trade appears to be a much more appealing situation for Indianapolis and the bruising running back as the Colts boast a high octane offense and will surely benefit from the threat of Richardson in addition to star QB Andrew Luck. As things always seem to go wrong for the Browns it wouldn’t surprise me if this move one day comes back to haunt them.
Richardson has rushed for 105 yards on 31 carries in the first two games. He rushed for 950 yards and a Browns rookie record 11 touchdowns last season.
According to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer:
Per FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer, the Browns felt Richardson “didn’t fit Chud’s (coach Rob Chudzinski’s) offense,” which doesn’t make a lick of sense. Moving on. The deal leaves Chris Ogbonnaya or potential free agent pickup Willis McGahee as the favorite for touches in Cleveland’s backfield as new GM Mike Lombardi essentially punts away the 2013 season. In Indianapolis, Richardson joins an offense with high-scoring potential that wants to play smash-mouth football with a heavy dose of power running. He’ll eventually be an every-down back, even if Richardson probably won’t be usable in Week 3 at San Francisco. Ahmad Bradshaw’s fantasy value will soon vanish, limited to handcuff status. Particularly after losing TE Dwayne Allen for the season, aggressive Colts GM Ryan Grigson felt he needed an additional offensive playmaker. He’s got one. Richardson will carry top-five fantasy running back potential in Indianapolis.