I am sure you have heard by now but just as a reminder, the Indianapolis Colts shocked NFL fans by acquiring former Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson on Wednesday. The compensation was Indy’s 2014 first-round draft selection. Cleveland selected Richardson third overall in 2012. His rookie year resulted in 11 rushing touchdowns which shows tremendous potential with power and speed the hallmarks of Richardson’s game.
So far Richardson had experienced somewhat of a drop-off in his second season. No touchdowns have come yet, but now he will benefit from the luxury of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. They now look like a solid AFC contender, but what if another team had called?
It is no secret that the New York Jets are considered a team in rebuilding mode. Experts felt prior to this season that they would in the range of four to seven victories. Yes, their new general manager has been focused on starting over and a high selection next year helps in this process. Two philosophies exist, though, thanks to retained head coach Rex Ryan. He does not have time to lose double-digit games and prepare for the future. His contract status does not allow for such luxury. Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory form one respectable tandem, but getting Richardson for their first-round choice and throwing in either Ivory or Powell would have been smart.
New York has not enjoyed a truly franchise caliber back since Curtis Martin retired. Perennial AFC East champion New England Patriots look vulnerable, the Miami Dolphins are good but do not seem to be a Super Bowl contender, and the Buffalo Bills are in a similar situation to Gang Green. Adding Richardson could have put them realistically in this conversation.