Aug 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson (33) during a preseason game against the Detroit Lions at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Trent Richardson Trade: Browns Now Guaranteed Teddy Bridgewater


The Cleveland Browns have traded running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a first-round pick.

Let that soak in for a moment.

NFL.com has the details:

The Colts acquired running back Trent Richardson from the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday in exchange for the Colts’ 2014 first-round draft pick. Just one year after the Browns drafted Richardson No. 3 overall, the team’s new regime has given up on him. The Browns are loading up on 2014 draft picks.

It’s a stunning move: Richardson was considered the centerpiece of the offense. But new coach Rob Chudzinski, new general manager Michael Lombardi and new COO Joe Banner clearly decided that he no longer fit their plans.

Here’s the deal: The new brass in Cleveland want a franchise quarterback. Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater is far and away the best quarterback in the draft class. This move places the Browns in a position to get Bridgewater.

But what if the Browns keep winning games?

It doesn’t matter. Check this out:

 

 

Even if Cleveland goes on to win 10 games in a row, the Browns will have enough ammunition to land the franchise quarterback they so desire—even if it turns out to not be Bridgewater.

We’re not mind-readers by any stretch of the imagination, but Cleveland wants a quarterback if we were the betting kind.

Mission accomplished.

 

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  • arnie

    So. The plan is to scratch this year, and get a franchise QB for next year? Way or show confidence in your players Clevland.

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  • Tim Martindale

    The Browns are trying to get the first pick why else would they start a third sting QB and trade their best offensive weapon. I have never seen an organization give up like this. In not talking about the team I’m talking about the organization. It might work but I still say Jacksonville will get it.