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article imageNFL News: Browns trade RB Trent Richardson to Colts

By Larry Seely     Sep 18, 2013 in Sports
Just two weeks into the 2013 NFL season it now looks like the Cleveland Browns are calling it quits as the team traded starting running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a first round draft pick.
Cleveland has started the year 0-2 and just lost starting quarterback Brandon Weeden to a hand injury and made the surprising announcement that they were going to start third stringer Brian Hoyer.
Richardson was the third overall pick in the 2012 draft and has played just 17 games, gaining just over 1,000 yards rushing and over 400 yards receiving with 12 touchdowns. The youngster has been nicked with injuries since turning pro, but for a team to give up on such a young player that is arguably their best offensive weapon is a strange move.
The Colts will relinquish their first round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, not a bad move for a team that will challenge for a playoff spot and will likely lose a late pick in the top round. Indianapolis has had its problems with health in the backfield, losing starter Vic Ballard already this season, but adding a weapon like Richardson who can run and catch the football, just might make this a top contending team in the AFC.
Trades during the season are rare in the league, but they have happened more often on recent years. This deal will make the Colts better, but the fans of the Cleveland Browns must be scratching their heads and wondering what this team is doing, because it doesn't appear they actually know just yet.
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