Richardson is widely viewed as an elite running back.
The Cleveland Browns had one of the NFL’s top young running backs.
Today, they sent him packing, as he was traded to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a 2014 first round pick. The 5’9″, 225 pound bowling ball was a 2012 3rd round pick out of Alabama.
Richardson totaled 950 rushing yards and eleven rushing touchdowns as a rookie, but has put up quiet stats this season thus far (105 rushing yards). Regardless, two lackadaisical games is not enough reason to cut ties with a young player as talented as Richardson.
The Browns’ offense has taken another step back, meanwhile the Colts’ offensive attack took a step forward. After losing RB Vick Ballard for the year with a knee injury (along with TE Dwayne Allen and OG Donald Thomas), they needed a new piece or two for QB Andrew Luck.
The Colts wisely hauled in Richardson, and at a reasonable price. They now have two of the top three picks from the 2012 draft on their roster (Luck, Richardson).
Richardson will pay substantial dividends for his new team, and with a stable crew around him, the former Brown’s productivity will increase.