The Cleveland Browns have traded the no. 3 overall pick in the 2012 draft, Trent Richardson, to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2014 first-round pick. My initial reaction was absolute surprise, and wondering what the Browns were thinking. The more that I think about it, however, the more I like this deal for both sides.
First, let’s take a look at the Browns’ perspective. The Browns weren’t going to be contenders this season, and they still need to draft a quarterback for the future. Trading Richardson, their best trade chip, seems like a great start to a large rebuilding process that will be taking place over the next few years.
The upcoming draft is going to be full of quarterbacks. It’s safe to assume this begins the “Tank For Teddy Bridgewater” campaign in Cleveland. Apparently, the Browns will be signing veteran running back Willis McGahee to replace Richardson as long as he passes his physical.
The Colts are going to be a playoff team this season, and they needed some help at running back. They have their quarterback for the next 10 years already with Andrew Luck, so they could afford to trade a first-round pick for an impact running back. After Vick Ballard was lost for the season due to injury, the Colts needed some reinforcements because they didn’t feel Ahmad Bradshaw could be an every-down runner.
Trading for Richardson obviously makes Bradshaw the second-string running back.
I’m not a Browns fan, but I feel for that city. Even though I like this move, it has to be frustrating for that fan base. At least the Cleveland Indians might make the playoffs this season, right Cleveland?