Jim Irsay, Indianapolis Colts Acquire Trent Richardson in Blockbuster Deal

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Whenever Colts owner Jim Irsay tweets about potential roster moves (like signing a free agent or pulling off a trade), I usually laugh because I’m pretty sure it will be for an average player (e.g. Colts signed Darrius Heyward-Bey). However, the Twittersphere exploded on Wednesday evening, after everyone found out that the Colts traded a 2014 first-round pick to the Cleveland Browns for running back Trent Richardson. Yes you heard correctly, Trent Richardson.

It’s shocking the Browns gave up Richardson after only one season. What’s more revealing is that Indy talked to Cleveland yesterday to see if they would trade Richardson. In other words, it took the Browns one day for them to make a decision to trade the 2012 fourth-overall pick. Now the Colts have 0n their active roster two players that were drafted in the top-5 in 2012.

Richardson didn’t have the most explosive stats, however, it’s hard to get a lot of yards when the opposing defense keep stacking the box.

Overall it’s a great trade for both sides. The Browns are trying to rebuild (again), and it looks like this 2013 will be Brandon Weeden’s last season as the starting quarterback, because it sure looks like the Browns are trying to get a franchise quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft (again).

For the Colts, it was a great move for three reasons:

1. Ahmad Bradshaw has a one year deal with the Colts, therefore there is no guarantee that he will stay with them after this season.

2. Donald Brown is in a contract year, and he has not been impressive as a first-round pick. In other words, it is likely they will not resign him this offseason.

3. Vick Ballard suffered a season-ending injury, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he will be 100 percent ready at the start of next season.

Also, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Richardson did not fit the new offensive system.

Fun stat:

According to Field Yates from ESPN Boston, Since the start of the 2012 offseason, 80 NFL players have been traded. Colts GM Ryan Grigson has traded for or traded away 21 of them. Therefore, 25 percent of all trades that have gone down since 2012 involved the Indianapolis Colts organization.