Cleveland Browns Trade Trent Richardson to Indianapolis Colts


Sep 8, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson (33) warms up before the game against the Miami Dolphins at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns have made a deal to send running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for their first round pick in 2014.  The Browns have decided to sell high on the back and play for next year while the Indianapolis Colts have put their foot on the gas to compete this year.

Trent Richardson was the 3rd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and the top pick in the last draft under Mike Holmgren, Tom Heckert, and Pat Shurmur.  Clearly making the decision they have no quarterback, they opted to make the move and really go into rebuild mode on the offensive side of the ball.  The Colts get potentially a premier weapon to pair with Andrew Luck and give them badly needed balance on offense.  This move was made in light of the news that the Colts have lost tight end Dwayne Allen for the year with a hip injury.

Despite an enormous amount of talent and potential, Richardson has battled nagging injuries, he kept running the football, finished with 1,300 total yards and 11 touchdowns as a rookie.  Richardson has all of the talent to be the type of player Edgerrin James was for with Peyton Manning as both a running and receiving threat.