The Cleveland Browns have traded Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in a move that has stunned YouWager experts just two games into the current NFL season and one year after drafting the running back in the first round.
The 23 year-old players is expected to be introduced today by the Colts at a noon ET news conference.
The Browns’ new front office dealt Richardson for a first-round draft pick in 2014, when the team will have two opening-round selections and 10 overall. This team is currently rebuilding again and Cleveland hopes to use those picks — seven in the first four rounds — to help turn around a floundering franchise.
The Browns had wanted to change things around with a players like Richardson with the third overall pick in 2011. The former Alabama Crimson standout seemed to have it all: power, speed and good hands.
But the Pensacola native wasn’t the type of back Cleveland’s front office wanted or apparently suited first-year coach Rob Chudzinski’s offense. Richardson, who rushed for 950 yards as a rookie even while playing most of last season with two broken ribs, gained just 105 yards on 31 carries in Cleveland’s two losses this NFL season.
The former BSC National Championship player did not the explosiveness the Browns’ new regime is looking for, and it may not have helped that Richardson made it clear he wanted the ball more.
Still, Cleveland CEO Joe Banner said there was nothing negative about Richardson and the team simply seized an opportunity to improve.
In addition, Indianapolis has been looking for a back since Vick Ballard suffered a season-ending knee injury during practice last week.