Well, nobody saw that coming. The Cleveland Browns traded running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2014 draft.
The start of 2013 hasn’t been particularly great for Richardson, who has rushed for just 105 yards on 31 carries (3.4 yards-per-carry). But this was supposed to be the season that T-Rich took off — both for the Browns and for fantasy owners. With new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, a noted RB guru, things were looking up for the former No. 3 overall pick.
Instead, Richardson joins a Colts offense that has been seeking a spark for its running game. Adding a runner with his capabilities to an offense that already features Andrew Luck, Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton and Coby Fleener makes Indy’s attack as formidable as any in the league. It might not quite be the early 2000s with Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison and Edgerrin James … but it has that type of potential. It also signals the end of Ahmad Bradshaw’s fantasy value. He might see the bulk of the touches this week against San Francisco while Richardson gets up to speed, but look for the veteran to be buried on the bench going forward.
As for Cleveland, it appears the Browns are on the verge of signing veteran free agent Willis McGahee. Grab him and stash him while you can. It’s hard to imagine McGahee will be an impact player for Cleveland this week — if he’s even on the field at all. But with the Browns lack of running backs (Chris Ogbonnaya and Bobby Rainey are the only other two backs on the depth chart), he’s certain to be the go-to back in the very near future.
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