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Why In The World Did The Cleveland Browns Trade Trent Richardson To The Indianapolis Colts?

Submitted by on September 19, 2013 – 12:06 pm23 Comments

Oh, Cleveland Browns fans. We really feel for you. No, really, we do. We feel your pain right now, as it looks like you will once again have to suffer through a losing season. Your quarterback Brandon Weeden is hurt. Your offense as a whole has sputtered through the first two weeks of the season. And you just traded away arguably your best player running back Trent Richardson

Wait, WHAT?! That’s right. Although blockbuster deals rarely take place during NFL seasons, the Browns just decided to part ways with Richardson after just one full season because…well, we’re not exactly sure why they traded him away. Maybe it’s because he’s been injury-prone through his first year-plus with the Browns. Maybe it’s because the Browns coaches didn’t love what he brought to the table. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s because the Browns are looking to end their losing culture once and for all. Maybe that’s why they traded Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round pick in next year’s draft.

If that is the reason, it might actually be a good thing for the Browns. Trading Richardson away won’t help them at all this season, and there’s a good chance that they’ll struggle to put together many wins this year. But on the defensive side of the ball, the Browns are already pretty good. On offense, even with Richardson on the team, the Browns have been pretty bad this season. So rather than continue to struggle with him, the Browns are looking to the future and are hopeful that two first-round picks in next year’s loaded NFL Draft will move them closer to being a solid team. It’s a plan that will require patience on the part of all of the Browns fans out there. But it could work out in the long run for them if they stick with their team.

As of right now, that’s the only logical explanation we can come up with for why the Browns gave up on Richardson so quickly. Let’s just hope that they have a good plan in place. Otherwise, trading Richardson away could be one of those deals that ends up haunting them for years to come.

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