In a somewhat surprising move to say the least, the Cleveland Browns have traded their future to try and obtain their next future. The Browns executed this move simply to add more draft picks in an effort to reel in that franchise quarterback they’ve always coveted. Wait a minute, wasn’t that supposed to have been Brandon Weeden? Wasn’t that supposed to have been Colt McCoy? Wasn’t that supposed to have been Tim Couch? Sorry. Got kinda carried away. So have the Browns over the years, if you ask me. Of course, Weeden in his second NFL season, will be 30 years old in October. Also, Weeden hasn’t yet made the impact on the offense that the Browns hoped he would. So, after so much excitement over having two of the top 12 picks of the 2012 NFL Draft, one of those picks is gone and the other is looking like he’ll be grabbing some bench next season to make way for the next ‘Franchise Quarterback’.
All in all, I can’t say I don’t get the move by the Browns. Richardson, has been injured for a lot of his time there and hasn’t quite impressed the way they thought he would. Richardson, is only averaging 3.5 yards per carry, but there are lots of reasons for that, and few of those reasons are Trent Richardson. The other reason is the complete downgrading of the running back position in the NFL. We’re coming off of a week of NFL football where only three running backs rushed for 100 yards or more. That’s a trend that has seemed to hit its peak. Teams are relying more and more on their QB and their passing game than ever before, which makes it imperative that you have an elite QB, for your team as a whole to be elite. So, why the move for the Colts?
If nothing else, Richardson will give immediate relief to the Colts goal line and short yardage offense. Andrew Luck, is a lot of times the primary ball handler in these situations. Of course, you want more than that in exchange for a 1st round pick. While Richardson hasn’t exactly been that impact back he looked like he would be coming out of Alabama, he definitely has the potential. There’s no secret the Colts like to throw the ball and they have lots of weapons, but there hasn’t been much stability at that position since the days of Joseph Addai. It didn’t help much that Vick Ballard suffered a season ending injury just last week, either. That leaves Ahmad Bradshaw as the Colts only viable running back, but he’s not totally healthy either.
In the short-term, there’s no question the Colts got the better of this trade and look to be in line for another playoff appearance this season. However, it is a huge gamble to give up a 1st round pick, for a running back with injury concerns. We’ve discussed the impact on the Browns short-term. In the long-term the Browns could look back on this trade as the catalyst for their resurgence. The Browns now have 2 picks in the 1st round, a pick in the 2nd round, and 2 more picks in the 3rd round. There should be plenty of quarterbacks coming out of college, that should satisfy the Browns QB needs. One thing’s for sure, this move has sent lots Cleveland fans into a fury we haven’t seen since Lebron James took his talents to South Beach. If all works out well in the 2014 draft, all should be well. The Browns can’t mess this up. Can they?
- Trent Richardson to the Colts! (easychairsports.wordpress.com)
- INSTANT REACTION: Trent Richardson acquired for 1st-round pick (blogs.colts.com)
- Colts fill specific needs with Richardson (espn.go.com)
- Trade For Trent Richardson Means Colts Are In ‘Win Now’ Mode (stampedeblue.com)