CLEVELAND (WGGB) — The Indianapolis Colts have reportedly made a big roster move to become a major player in the AFC’s playoff picture.
ESPN is reporting that the Cleveland Browns have traded second-year running back Trent Richardson to Indianapolis for three draft picks next year, including the Colts’ first round pick.
It’s a surprising move towards reconstruction by the Browns, who decided to let the promising former Alabama star go. Richardson has rushed for 11 touchdowns since entering the league at the start of last year, which is the seventh-most in that span.
The Browns will receive Indianapolis’ 1st, 3rd, and 4th-round picks in the 2014 draft. Considering the strength that the 1-1 Colts will now have with young star Andrew Luck already at quarterback, next year’s first round pick likely won’t be in the top 10.
But, Cleveland’s own pick likely will. After starting the season 0-2, their offense has managed only one touchdown in their first two games.
Richardson has rushed 31 times for 104 yards this season, but last year rushed for 950 yards and 11 scores as a rookie.
The Browns say they will invite free agent running back Willis McGahee to camp and sign him if he passes the physical.
The Colts are already ranked fifth in the league in rushing this season, but lost speedy back Vick Ballard for the year last week. The team signed veteran Ahmad Bradshaw to fill the spot, who will certainly take a back seat to the dynamic Richardson.