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