Posted September 19, 2013

Trent Richardson traded to Colts for 2014 first-round pick

AFC North, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts
Trent Richardson was traded to the Colts on Wednesday.

Trent Richardson was traded to the Colts on Wednesday. (Icon SMI)

After losing Vick Ballard to a season-ending injury, Colts owner Jim Irsay hinted that his team might be in the market for a new running back. Wednesday afternoon, they landed a potential game-changer at the position.

Indianapolis acquired running back Trent Richardson from Cleveland in exchange for a 2014 first-round pick in a trade that is about as big as in-season transactions get in the NFL and probably rivals Washington’s move up for RGIII in recent trade annals. Cleveland reportedly will bring in Willis McGahee to help fill Richardson’s void in the backfield.

Richardson was the No. 3 overall pick in last year’s draft and was thought to be a major building block for the Browns as they moved forward with a new coaching staff this season. Instead, he’ll now pair with Ahmad Bradshaw to give Indianapolis one of the league’s best 1-2 punches at running back.

FARRAR: Richardson deal tells us what Browns think of present, future

The Browns now have two first-round picks for 2014 — same as they had in 2012, when they drafted Richardson and QB Brandon Weeden. The latter will be out of the lineup with a thumb injury this weekend, and he may be the next key part that Rob Chudzinski looks to replace. Both Richardson and Weeden were brought to Cleveland by the franchise’s old regime. Chudzinski, new GM Michael Lombardi and the rest of Cleveland’s revamped front office clearly had a different vision in mind, at least when it came to Richardson.

Those multiple 2014 Round 1 picks now arm Cleveland with the chips it may take to land another “franchise” quarterback. Teddy Bridgewater, Tajh Boyd, Marcus Mariota and Johnny Manziel are just a few of the players who could be on the table.

Indianapolis, meanwhile, has its future — and present — in place. The Colts made the playoffs in 2012 after taking Andrew Luck No. 1 overall. Now, the talented Richardson joins a stable of talent that also includes 2012 second-round Coby Fleener and third-rounder T.Y. Hilton.

MMQB: Winners, losers in Richardson deal? It’s complicated

In addition to rushing for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns on 267 carries last season, Richardson also caught 51 passes out of the backfield for the Browns. Slowed by offseason injuries and a shoddy offensive line, Richardson has not gotten off to quite the same start in new offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s offense. Through the first two games of the season, Richardson has 105 yards rushing and 51 receiving.

But he and Bradshaw open up a world of possibilities for a Colts team that, only a few months ago, appeared to be severely shorthanded at running back. The dual-threat abilities of both Richardson and Bradshaw should play right into the hands of Colts coordinator Pep Hamilton, who favors relying on his backs heavily.

The previous Cleveland regime took its last real shot at turning things around by drafting Richardson and Weeden. The new group in charge has decided to try to turn the corner by bailing on at least one of those pieces.

And the Colts may reap all of the benefits.

BURKE: Colts’ smart rebuild laid groundwork for Richardson trade

154 comments
Bruce32
Bruce32

Is Joe Thomas next ?  

Bozo the clown in the front office

ki.nazir72
ki.nazir72

There are some professional organizations built for success...Cleveland Browns isn't one of them.  The player apparently found out he was traded by friends.  Tacky and that's why they can't win.

lionoah
lionoah

I do not understand why they trade a talent like him without getting more in return. They should have gotten perhaps a fourth rounder to go along with him. He is a good back, and not a bum, and ultimately in return they get a lower pick than the one they used on him. Sure the Colts are trading for youth and potential, and Richardson isn't exactly a 'sturdy' back but he is worth 2 picks.

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

Unless there is something physically wrong with Richardson that the Browns are not disclosing this trade makes no sense. I feel for Cleveland fans, clueless front office.

ESPNBoardGOAT
ESPNBoardGOAT

The Browns are always in rebuilding mode. Pathetic franchise.

TeeHolmes
TeeHolmes

I've heard of people claiming that some teams deliberately tank a season at the midpoint or near the end of a season but rarely have I heard of one doing it from the start. I guess this is an example of tanking at the start. What does this imply about Trent Richardson? Is this a subtle jab at running backs from Alabama? Mark Ingram is not exactly blazing the field in New Orleans and Eddy Lacy's durability may be an issue in Green Bay. Alabama running backs are grossly overrated and maybe Cleveland was smart to unload an unproductive player. It's hard to agree if Cleveland ever does anything smart in football terms so I'll stick with the tank job scenario.

GO22JETS
GO22JETS

ahhh remember the good ol' days when the Browns were solid just about every year - Leroy Kelly, Gary Collins, Paul Warfield, Fair Hooker, Bo Scott, Blanton Collier, Walter Johnson. Those were teams that were built to last even with a gimpy knee QB. Hopefully this Browns regime will bring back the glory to this deserving city.

DViking
DViking

Here's hoping he'll put a nice big chunk of yardage against the 49ers next week, if he gets enough reps with the team. 

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Guess  owner Haslam needs the money for his Pilot law suits where he stole and cheated from clients.....just like stealing and cheating the fans

donniejohnson4
donniejohnson4

The Colts don't have any linemen that are better than Alex Mack and Joe Thomas.  

tonybot3
tonybot3

Cleveland better hope Colts don't insist on a physical first.   I guarantee T-Rich will not make it through the season.

direwolf
direwolf

Props to Colts front office for seeking top of the line replacement...Giants must be kicking themselves

their answer to RB problem was Jacobs....What a great executive move...

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

Should turn out to be a middle of the round pick for the Browns.  The Colts are going to be about 8-8.  Adding Richardson is not going to help a great deal.  He is not a top notch nfl back. 


atalantic
atalantic

Good odds that the Mistake By The Lake drafts Charlie Brown next season.

GregSamick
GregSamick

Instead of admitting they have a lousy offensive line, Browns think giving up on quarterback and running back will fix things.

Another dumb Cleveland sports move. Like every year

GregSamick
GregSamick

Typical Cleveland move. Trade best players for future draft pics.

Ho, hum, another rebuilding year. Maybe next year. Right Brownies?????????

Losers

Darryl60
Darryl60

I'll bet Cleveland tries to draft another quarterback.  They're really really stupid that way.

JeremyJohnson
JeremyJohnson

Intriguing move for both teams.  Richardson's #s last year weren't Earth-shattering and he's off to a slow start, but he is talented and has potential.  For Cleveland, they move on from the previous era.  They are now guaranteed to be terrible this year.

Pat11
Pat11

Wow, Doesnt Cleveland realise they will be extremely lucky to find a back that can run and more importantly catch out of the backfield in next years draft. One in the hand is worth 3 or more fragile Reggie Bush's.

GL4
GL4

Time will tell but for now as a Colts fan I would like to thank the Browns Gm for the trade.

yadda71
yadda71

Take Clowney with the 1st and Keith Price with the 2nd.

cbcatanz
cbcatanz

So, instead of the  49'ers winning by 20+ points this Sunday against the Colts, they may only win by about 15 points or so.

lionoah
lionoah

@GO22JETS The 80's were good to the Browns, and the 90's were pretty good too but that's more than 20 years ago. The Browns are suffering and the new ownership needs to establish an identity and an organizational philosophy. It's going to be at least 5 years before we have a consistent winner...

MarkBlackford
MarkBlackford

@GO22JETS Jeez- don't forget the '80 season with the Kardiac Kids with Brian Sipe, Gregg Pruitt and Ozzie Newsome and the great 84-89ish seasons with Kozar, Minnifield, Byner et al. So many great teams. The odds were stacked against them when they got the new franchise. Teams like Carolina and Jacksonville were allowed to come in a way to make them immediately competitive. The new Browns were afforded no such luxury. 

RCH
RCH

@MathewKing When news of this reaches Johnny he may rethink that eligibility thing. I know I would. 

Career Suicide - A.K.A becoming quarterback for Cleveland Browns.  

Darryl60
Darryl60

@JeremyJohnson Richardson's last year wasn't that good because he didn't have any blocking.

On another note, I'll wager that Cleveland tries to draft another quarterback.  They're stupid that way.

Roy1
Roy1

@Pat11 Not hard to find backs who run 3 yards per carry.

Roy1
Roy1

@stabmasterarson21 Too early to tell but he is headed in that direction with his 3.5 yards per carry average.  Where's the explosiveness?  I thought everybody in the SEC ran a 3.7 40.  

Pat11
Pat11

@yadda71 The problem is that Indy will not have a high pick as they will win some games now. CLowney will be going to Raiders or Jacksonville.

tonybot3
tonybot3

@Darryl60  I absolutely guarantee that you've never watched a Browns game in your life and have zero knowledge of what their offensive line is like.   

And to imply that its stupid to go after a good QB is probably the most unintelligent comment someone can about the game of football. Congrats.

Roy1
Roy1

@Darryl60 @JeremyJohnson If Trent Richardson wasn't that good because he didn't have any blocking, perhaps the same could be said for Brandon Weeden.  Hmmm.

Pat11
Pat11

@Darryl60 @JeremyJohnson Maybe they have plan of trading both their picks for Manzei next year, who will seem very slow once hes in the NFL

bobinpowell
bobinpowell

@Darryl60 @JeremyJohnson Were the Colts stupid when they drafted Andrew Luck?  How do you figure the Browns are going to get a franchise quarterback without drafting one?  Or are you stupid that way?

JeremyJohnson
JeremyJohnson

@Darryl60 @JeremyJohnson Good point on the offensive line.  I stated the potential Richardson has, but he's not a "sure thing."  The Colts have struggled to run as well - they are not the strongest OL unit either.

tonybot3
tonybot3

@JahliSuwaghaman Seriously?  You just admitted he couldn't even make it through a season... Is that somehow a selling point for the guy?    Peyton Hillis had a monster year for Cleveland (on a worse team) compared to Richardson, and he's not even in the game anymore. 

Roy1
Roy1

@Pat11 @yadda71 Have you forgotten the Colts won 11 games last year?  Sounds like it.

Darryl60
Darryl60

@tonybot3  They keep drafting quarterbacks to run the team and then deciding that the quarterback is no good.  Is it really EVERY quarterback they've drafted in the past few years, or maybe the coaching staff that couldn't coach themselves out of a walk-in closet?  I've watched many Browns games, dude.  I absolutely guarantee that you don't have any idea who I am or what I watch.

Pat11
Pat11

@Roy1 @Pat11 @yadda71 What is their record this year? Last year means nothing, look back 2 years for fine example of Indy potential.