Browns trade Trent Richardson to the Colts

WHAT?!? ESPN reporting the Browns have traded Trent Richardson to the Colts

9/18/13 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - Browns trade Trent Richardson to the ColtsCleveland Browns fans usually don't give up on the season until at least October or so. But this year, Browns fans are waiting for next year pretty early. In a shocker that comes completely out of the blue, the Browns have traded running back Trent Richardson -- essentially the only talented skill player on their entire offense -- to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2014 first round draft pick.

Richardson was chosen No. 3 overall just last year, and is the Browns' single most valuable player on offense. The Colts have just gotten themselves a 23-year-old back who last season tied the Browns' rookie touchdown record and rushed for just shy of 1,000 yards. Ten minutes afterward is no time to assess a trade, but I would say the Colts just fleeced the absolute daylights out of the Browns on this one.

Adam Schefter of ESPN was the first to report that the Browns traded Trent Richardson to the Colts. NFL.com quickly confirmed Trent Richardson to Indianapolis, so I am guessing this is not a prank. None of these journalistic sources has even attempted to explain what on earth the Browns were thinking.

Blog Photo - Browns trade Trent Richardson to the ColtsFor the Colts, it's simple -- their starting RB Vick Ballard has a torn ACL and is out for the year. Colts owner Jim Irsay could not contain his glee on Twitter.

"This day of MONSTER TRADE,The Tidal Wave Of Deal making," Irsay tweeted. "Shocks the system of "..Didn't see THIS ONE COMING!!!!!!" Grig's Rollin' Dice!"

This has to be a personality issue (the Richardson trade, not Irsay's tweet). There is no other logical reason for the Browns to trade their best offensive player, unless Browns general manager Mike Lombardi is worried about whether he will secure his place as single dumbest NFL GM of the decade.

Yes, Richardson has some minor injury issues. He missed one measly game last season, if you call that "injury issues."

Fantasy owners of Trent Richardson should be ecstatic -- he now has a solid offensive line and passing game. Richardson should reasonably be expected to get well over 1,000 yards this season.

Browns fans can at least take comfort in the fact that the domains FireLombardi.com and FireMikeLombardi.com are still available. Do not expect these domains to stay available for long.
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9/19/13   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

chevleclair wrote:
More bad news on the Cuyahoga for the long-suffering fans of the most star-crossed sports city in the history of sports: the Browns are in a re-rebuilding mode AGAIN. While Trent would have been a somewhat risky cornerstone, the two-time national champ from Alabama was the only viable offensive cornerstone they had.

Well said.

9/18/13   |   chevleclair   |   378 respect

More bad news on the Cuyahoga for the long-suffering fans of the most star-crossed sports city in the history of sports: the Browns are in a re-rebuilding mode AGAIN. While Trent would have been a somewhat risky cornerstone, the two-time national champ from Alabama was the only viable offensive cornerstone they had.

9/18/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Guess thats one way to try to get the first pick!!!

9/18/13   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   21505 respect

The reason why the Browns decided to trade Trent Richardson to get a 2014 first round draft pick is because of Brandon Weeden, the Browns' front office doesn't see Brandon Weeden as the long-term solution for the Browns' offense and they are planning on drafting another quarterback in next years' draft.  The Browns are looking into the future of the franchise.  It's good to see the colts get Trent Richardson in their backfield depth but they shouldn't get too overexcited about that trade as they are continuing to build the colts...