CLEVELAND -- In a blockbuster trade, the Cleveland Browns have dealt Trent Richardson to Indianapolis for the Colts first round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Richardson was just starting his second season with the Browns and had been disappointed with his lack of work in the new Browns offense.
In his rookie season of 2012, Richardson fought off 3 different injuries to rush for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The Browns will now entertain the possibility of signing of free agent running back Willis McGahee. He is en route to Cleveland to take a physical. If he passes he could be the Browns starting running back against the Vikings this Sunday.
McGahee is an 11-year NFL veteran who last played for the Broncos in 2012.
The trade of Richardson is a clear indication that the current Browns regime disagreed with the drafting of a running back so high in the 2012 NFL Draft. The Browns in that draft moved up one spot to number 3 to select the Alabama running back.
This is also an indication that the Browns, rather than focusing in on 2013, are building for 2014 and will do so through the Draft.
The Browns now have the following picks in the 2014 Draft:
- 1st Round: 2 picks
- 2nd Round: 1 pick
- 3rd Round: 2 picks
- 4th Round: 2 picks
- 5th Round: 1 pick
- 6th Round: 1 pick
- 7th Round: 1 pick
The Browns are saying with this trade the team is positioning in many ways. The Browns have been zeroing in on 2014 since the spring and the 2013 Draft. In that draft, the Browns traded out of two rounds completely to accumulate picks for 2014.
The Browns will not only build through the 2014 Draft, the team has also accumulated $30 million in cap space to go after free agents.
So for fans, the Browns are asking for one more year of patience which will likely include a long 2013 season. With the trading of Richardson and the uncertainty still at quarterback, the Browns appear to be giving up on the 2013 season but eyeing 2014 as their pay day.