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Browns Trade RB Trent Richardson To Colts

By: Aj Mansour |

Minneapolis, MN – Well, the Minnesota Vikings game plan against the Cleveland Browns just got a little bit easier. Late Wednesday afternoon the Cleveland Browns announced a rare mid-season trade that sent running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2014 first round draft choice.

Richardson, the third overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, ran for 950 yards and 11 TDs last season for the Browns and caught 51 passes for 367 yards and another score. By all means, a good rookie season in today’s league.

Everything about this trade seems strange, for a multitude of reasons…

  • We just chatted with Richardson this morning who seemed to be completely buying in to the building plan in Cleveland.
  • You rarely see mid-season trades in the NFL, especially involving stars
  • Richardson is (was) the face of the Browns franchise and a giant piece of the rebuilding process
  • The Colts 2014 first round pick will likely be a late round pick so the Browns dumped last years #3 overall pick for a late round selection?
  • While sitting at 0-2, the leader in the AFC East is only 1-1, so the Browns are by no means out of the race for the playoffs.
  • This list could go on and on…

After the trade, the Browns also announced that they will be bringing in free agent running back Willis McGahee for a physical tomorrow and common thought is, if he’s healthy they sign him.

Either way, the Browns just became a one-dimensional offense with a third string quarterback manning the helm of that one dimension.

Aj Mansour covers Minnesota Sports for Feel free to leave comments and questions regarding this post in the space provided below. For Vikings updates and breaking Vikings news, follow Aj on Twitter. @AjKFAN

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