Updated Sep 18, 2013 8: 33 PM ET
BEREA, Ohio (AP)
Trent Richardson didn’t fit into the Browns’ plans. They’re pushing forward without having him.
Cleveland traded the powerful running returning to the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday, a stunning move just two video games into this season and only one year right after drafting Richardson in the first round.
Richardson was dealt for a first-round selection in next year’s set up, when the Browns will have two opening-round picks and 10 overall. Cleveland is rebuilding and the team hopes to use those picks – seven in the first four rounds – to help turn around a floundering franchise mired in losing for more than ten years.
Such a change was what the Browns had in your mind when they took Richardson with the No . 3 overall pick in the 2011 draft. The former Alabama seemed to have it all: power, speed and great hands.
Yet Richardson apparently isn’t the kind of back again Cleveland’s front office wants or even one for first-year coach Take advantage of Chudzinski’s offensive system. Richardson, exactly who rushed for 950 yards being a rookie despite playing most of final season with two broken steak, gained just 105 yards on 31 carries in Cleveland’s 2 losses this season.
He lacked the explosiveness the particular Browns’ new regime was looking for, also it may not have helped that Richardson made it clear he wanted the particular ball more.
However , Browns CEO Joe Banner ad said that there was nothing negative about Richardson and the team simply seized an opportunity to improve. And the Colts are looking for a back since Vick Ballard suffered a season-ending knee injuries.
”This has been more about the moment presented itself, and based on the situation the Colts found themselves in, it wasn’t something where we could say, `Can you wait three weeks to think about this particular or learn more? ‘ We believed it was a move to make us much better.
Banner said the Browns’ first conversation along with Indianapolis about Richardson was on Tuesday. Banner said the team is not looking to make other trading, but would be willing to listen if it could make them better.
”I think we feel good about where we’re at continuing to move forward, ” Banner said.
The surprising trade came on the same day Chudzinski announced that third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer will start Sunday against Minnesota. Hoyer got the surprising nod over backup Jason Campbell to complete for starter Brandon Weeden, who is sidelined with a sprained right thumb.
Like Richardson, Weeden’s days could be numbered in Cleveland, where the Browns have began 19 quarterbacks since 1999 and are still looking for the right one. Next year’s set up class includes several top-flight QBs and the Browns could be loading on picks to make sure they get one.
In addition , the Browns are bringing in free agent working back Willis McGahee for a actual and will sign him if he passes. A two-time Pro Bowl pick, McGahee was most recently along with Denver.
McGahee rushed for 731 yards in 10 games for the Broncos final season. He has also played designed for Buffalo and Baltimore, gaining 7, 097 career yards on 1, 957 carries.
Earlier in the day, Richardson, who has been slowed by injuries all through his brief pro career, spoken to Minnesota reporters on a conference about the pressure and expectations that include being such a high draft choose.
”I believe people make it more pressure compared to what it is, ” he said. ”I just like to play football. At the end of the day, I’ll play football like I’ve been coached. The way I’ve always played. I’m going to be physical, fast, I’ll be up-tempo, I’m going to be the a single who’s trying to lead by example. No matter what, that’s a big reason why We fought through injury last year along with broken ribs and two knee surgeries, because I know that being a first-round pick what the expectations are usually of you, and me becoming the man that I am, the athlete I am, I’m not going to sit down except if my legs are broke.
”So if I could run and I can still catch the particular ball, I’m playing. ”
Banner said the decision to deal Richardson is in preserving a plan to overhaul the team.
”Trent’s a great player and we anticipate him to have success in this league, ” Banner said. ”Right at this point, based on how we’re building this team for sustainable success, we’re going to become aggressive and do what it takes to assemble a team that consistently wins. ”
Richardson’s role with the Brown has been perplexing below Chudzinski. He only had thirteen carries in the season opener towards Miami and did not have one hurrying attempt in the fourth quarter. A week ago, he said he wanted more carries and had 18 in Sunday’s loss to the Ravens for fifty eight yards.