Indianapolis Colts Trade for Trent Richardson: Immediate Reaction

Cleve Browns vs. Buffalo BillsWhen Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay tweets, people pay attention. Around this time last year, the eccentric owner tweeted out that the Colts had made a major move. Two days later it was announced that they had traded for Vontae Davis.

So when Irsay took to Twitter indicating that “the Earth was shaking” we took note.

A few minutes later, ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news. Indianapolis had indeed worked out another blockbuster deal, this time for Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson, who is just over a year removed from being a top-five pick.

While this makes all the sense in the world for the Colts, this deal makes no sense for a fledgling Browns organization. Sure they are in the process of rebuilding under a new regime, but why not build behind a running back like Richardson? Acquiring a first-round pick from a team that made the playoffs last season likely isn’t receiving the necessary value for a former top-five pick and one of the best young running backs in the NFL last season.

Richardson only averaged four yards per rush as a rookie, but it’s important to note that he had to run against defense who were stacking the box because of Cleveland’s issues passing over the top. That’s not going to be an issue with Andrew Luck in Indianapolis.

The Colts now have what has to be considered the best young backfield in the entire league with the No. 1 and No. 3 overall picks from the 2012 draft.

For the Browns, maybe it’s all about tanking for Teddy Bridgewater after just two games. Clearly their focus is on the future.