Late Wednesday afternoon, the Indianapolis Colts announced that they had made a trade with the Cleveland Browns, for the rights to RB-Trent Richardson. The Colts traded their first round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft to Cleveland, for the rights to Richardson. The former Alabama running back was initially taken by the Browns with the 3rd overall pick in the 2012 draft. The Colts now have the first and third overall picks from the 2012 NFL Draft on their roster. This acquisition may be the biggest pick-up that the Indianapolis Colts have ever made. In 1987, the Colts traded LB-Cornelius Bennett, as a part of a three-team deal, for the rights to RB-Eric Dickerson.
The Colts have been rumored in trade talks since losing RB-Vick Ballard to a knee injury in practice last Thursday. The addition of Richardson is a shocking swap for both the Browns and the Colts, which could prove beneficial on both sides. Indianapolis added RB-Ahmad Bradshaw in free agency last June, but was thin at that position, following Ballard’s injury.
The Browns are obviously stacking up NFL Draft picks for the future, and the Colts are looking to load up right now. Richardson now has the opportunity to revive his career, running alongside a two-time Super Bowl champion, as well as one of the best young quarterbacks in the game. The Browns now have two picks in the 1st, 3rd, and 4th round of the 2014 draft. With Richardson and Bradshaw, the Colts may now have the best tandem of running backs in the NFL.