After 17 games in a Cleveland Browns uniform, RB Trent Richardson, the third overall pick in the 2012 draft (behind Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III), has been traded to the Indianapolis Colts for the Colts 1st round selection in the 2014 draft.
The Colts felt the need to get more depth at running back since the injury bug already bit them hard early this season. And the Browns felt the need to… well… I’m not quite sure. I understand that acquiring a 1st round pick is a good thing, but Cleveland – you traded away a guy you spent a 1st round pick on only a year ago?? I don’t understand.
Normally, I find that blog posts are supposed to be informative. But I’m completely in the dark on why the Browns did this. ESPN is reporting that apparently Richardson didn’t fit the new coaches scheme very well…
Here are my two initial reactions:
- Cleveland, Hello!!! You have a new coach every other year. Find a coach next year that will fit Richardson into his scheme.
- Cleveland’s front office “loaded up” on high-end picks now, but they have proven they have no idea what to do with them. This move, like 99.8% of all moves the Browns make, will end up coming back to haunt them.
Other than Richardson, the only other player Cleveland drafted recently with a high pick AND actually can play at a high level is Joe Thomas.
So again… Why Cleveland? Why?