Trent Richardson traded from Browns to Colts

Trent Richardson traded from Browns to Colts
September 18, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson (33) against the Washington Redskins at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The Redskins won 38-21.

(Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports)

Trent Richardson’s swan song with the Browns turned out to be Sunday’s game against the Ravens.

In a bold move that confirms the Browns are still rebuilding, they traded Richardson to the Colts on Wednesday, in exchange for a 2014 first-round pick. Richardson was the third pick in the 2012 draft, and he should immediately step in as the Colts’ workhorse running back.

Not often do you see a top-five pick traded in only his second season. However, the Browns are headed in a different direction with a new head coach and a new front office, determined to end years of losing. Richardson was not drafted by the current Browns regime of coach Rob Chudzinski, general manager Michael Lombardi and CEO Joe Banner. The Browns are already 0-2, they appear headed for another long season and they still need a franchise quarterback

Brandon Weeden, injured Sunday against the Ravens, does not look like the answer at quarterback. So trading Richardson, and getting another first round pick, gives the Browns more ammunition to acquire the franchise quarterback they need.

In the long run, this deal may help the Browns. But losing Richardson makes it even more likely that the Browns will finish at the bottom of the AFC North - again. Meanwhile, when they face the Browns again on Nov. 3,  the Ravens will not have to game plan for Richardson.