Jim Brown: Thumbs-up on Richardson deal

Jim Brown: Thumbs-up on Richardson deal
September 26, 2013, 9:45 am

Jim Brown had come to appreciate Trent Richardson. But the all-time great Cleveland Brown nevertheless backs the club’s trade of Richardson to the Colts last week.

"I was surprised," Brown said on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” (via CBSSports.com). "But then I thought it was a brilliant move. ... Because first of all, Trent couldn't have carried the kind of load that Cleveland needed."

Brown clearly is referring to Richardson’s injuries over his short time in the NFL. But speaking of loads, Brown also unloaded on former Cleveland executive Mike Holmgren. Brown had been bounced from the organization under Holmgren before new owner Jimmy Haslam brought him back as a special adviser.

"Mike is not from Cleveland. I'm a Cleveland Brown," Brown said. "So he gave me a choice of taking $3 and doing a little dancing for him out there. I said, 'Mr. Holmgren, I'm sorry ... I don't dance ... become a mascot type of guy.' … I knew ultimately I would probably be back because Cleveland is my home. I have great roots there and I love the people and the people love me."

And he wasn’t done with Holmgren.

"[Holmgren] had all his boys that were going to come in and take advantage of the kind of money that he could pay his guys and never really be there," Browns said. "He took advantage of Randy [Lerner, former Browns owner], and it was just a shame. Randy's a good guy. Young owner. Wanted someone to take the pressure off of him. Mike came in, saw the weakness and took advantage of it."

Holmgren, who took Richardson in the first round of the 2012 draft, is no fan of the Richardson trade.

"How do you make your team better by trading your best player?" he said. "He's the best offensive player. He's a valuable, valuable guy."