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Former Alabama Running Back Trent Richardson Traded to Indianapolis Colts


Former Alabama Crimson Tide All-American running back Trent Richardson was traded to the Indianapolis Colts this afternoon from the Cleveland Browns for a 2014 first round draft pick.

The move was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter this afternoon after Colts owner Jim Irsay had sent a variety of different tweets telling Colts fans that the team was making a big move. Of course, this still took everyone by surprise.

 

 

 

 

The Browns made Richardson the third overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, and he broke Jim Brown’s franchise rookie rushing record in his first season in Cleveland. He ran for 950 yards and scored 11 rushing touchdowns despite being slowed throughout the year with various nagging injuries.

This trade sent shock waves throughout the NFL as the Browns are openly throwing in the towel just two weeks into the season. The talk all offseason was how Cleveland, with a new offensive coordinator, was going to feature Richardson in their offense and put the team on his back. That was not the case through two weeks, however, as Richardson had just 31 carries for 105 yards and hadn’t scored a touchdown. Combined in the team’s first two games, Richardson touched the ball one time in the fourth quarter.

This is a great move for both the Colts and Trent. He was underutilized in the Browns offense, running behind a porous offensive line and getting absolutely no help from the passing game with Brandon Weeden taking the snaps. Now, Richardson joins a Colts offense that is going to be deadly for years to come.

With a franchise quarterback in Andrew Luck, and now a franchise running back in Trent Richardson, who were the No. 1 and No. 3 picks in the 2012 draft, good luck stopping that offense this season and down the road. Richardson is the perfect back for offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton’s offense, and he’ll give the Colts the every down workhorse running back they have desperately needed to take some of the pressure off of Luck.

Richardson rushed for 1679 yards in his junior season at Alabama and became the first Crimson Tide player ever to win the Doak Walker Award for the nation’s top running back. Richardson helped the Crimson Tide to the national championship that season, and scored the game’s only touchdown in the Tide’s 21-0 win over LSU in New Orleans.

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