Sure, the Trent Richardson trade was shocking to say the least, but recent reports have revealed a few truths about the second-year running back that the Indianapolis Colts‘ fan base just doesn’t want to hear. The strangest part of this trade has to be the fact that Cleveland Browns general manager Michael Lombardi is actually the one who initiated the Richardson talks. Well, former-Browns linebacker Scott Fujita gave us a nice look at why Lombardi made the decision he did.
First and foremost, Fujita was drafted into the NFL in 2002, which means he doesn’t take to kindly to the new generation of “softer” superstars. With that being said, Fujita took aim at Richardson on Friday and his critique is actually pretty detailed:
“When a player enters the league wearing headphones incessantly, shows up late for treatments, and makes little effort to engage with his teammates, he can quickly develop a reputation for being insular and high-maintenance.”
So there you have it — a Nick Saban-coached NFL running back with 11 touchdowns in just his rookie season was “high-maintenance.” Now, Fujita didn’t totally read Richardson the riot act, yet the retired linebacker made his point and gave Colts fans a reason to worry about their new favorite player. Whether or not Richardson meshes with Indianapolis remains to be seen, but this bit of information from Fujita forces us all to give the Browns the benefit of the doubt for the time being.