As the Browns pulled off one of the most unexpected trades in NFL history, many Cleveland fans are yet again crying foul as both their supposed Franchise QB and RB won’t be playing for the Browns in week three, although the difference between Weeden and Richardson is Richardson won’t be playing for Cleveland at all this season. As the trade of Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a future first round pick was finalized late Wednesday, Sports fans everywhere were shocked and stunned to see the Browns give up their #1 back and enter yet another rebuilding phase.
In his rookie season, Richardson ran for 950 yards and 3rd-ranked 11 touchdowns even with multiple injuries. Seeing him leave this offense will be pretty devastating to this offense that has only former WKU star Bobby Rainey. Hopefully Rainey and backup QB Brian Hoyer will be able to lead the Browns, a team with one of the most underrated defenses in football, to their first winning season since 2007. The Browns do have the receiving talent in TE Jordan Cameron, Greg Little and WR Josh Gordon, but I’m not so sure about QB Brian Hoyer. After playing 2 games with the Cardinals last season, Hoyer was released and then signed by the Browns over the off-season. Like all situations, anything can happen, so I’m not counting Hoyer out right now, but in the long run Weeden should be the starter in Cleveland.
Now to say that Indianapolis didn’t deserve this trade would be ludicrous, however Ahmad Bradshaw and Donald Brown are pretty adequate backs. But in the long term, Richardson should be a great addition to Indianapolis with his smash mouth, physical style of running.
Look for Richardson to make his mark as the starter for Indy against a San Francisco defense that has allowed 3 rushing touchdowns over the first two weeks.