In what’s a shocking move, the Cleveland Browns have dealt running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round pick in 2014 NFL Draft. While this isn’t a tidal wave as Colts owner Jim Irsay would put it, it is shocking and it does fill a void the team had after losing second year running back Vick Ballard to a torn ACL.
This makes the Colts’ offense downright deadly after adding numerous weapons in last year’s draft to an existing core of quarterback Andrew Luck, wide receiver T.Y. Hilton and tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen. While Allen might be done for the year, this Colts team is positioning themselves in making a Super Bowl push this year.
With the teams the Colts have to play in the upcoming weeks, their weak running game would have been pounced on if the team had to rely on Ahmad Bradshaw to carry the work load for the rest of 2013. With this trade, it makes the Colts a legitimate two-dimensional team, with power running and excellent vertical passing bolstered by strong targets.
One factor to consider about the trade is that Richardson no longer has to deal with the brutal weather that Cleveland is notorious for anymore unless he is travels there for a road game. The Colts just might have pulled off one of the largest steals in recent league history, especially if Richardson stays healthy.
In Indianapolis, he’s in an ideal situation to pan out and turns into the star every expert thought he would be.