The Cleveland Browns have traded running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts.
In the deal the Colts will receive Trent Richardson in exchange for a 1st round draft pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Richardson was arguably the best skill position player on the Browns offense and will provide an instant boost to the Colts offense. The Colts recently lost starting RB Vick Ballard to a season ending injury, and Ahmad Bradshaw has battled foot injuries his entire career. Richardson will give the Colts added depth and production at the RB position.
For the Browns this shows that they are beginning to position themselves to go after a quarterback in next year’s draft (possibly Teddy Bridgewater?). Current Browns QB Brandon Weeden is scheduled to miss this week’s game against the Minnesota Vikings and it’s quite possible he has started his last game for the Browns.
With two 1st round picks the Browns can trade up to get the QB they want, or draft him with one of the picks and use the other to get him some help at another position. The Colts now have two of the first three picks of the 2012 NFL Draft in the same back field, and this should give them a strong foundation to build upon for the next decade.
The Browns selected Richardson with the 3rd overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft. Last year during his rookie season he scored 11 touchdowns and rushed for a team rookie record 950 yards.