Coby Fleener: Trent Richardson Trade Was “Great For Us”

After the Colts lost starting running back Vick Ballard, Colts GM Ryan Grigson went to the trade block to see if there were any running backs available for trade. To his surprise, the Cleveland Browns were offering Trent Richardson for a first round pick (probably more). Then the news broke out. The Indianapolis Colts traded their 2014 first round pick to the Cleveland Browns for RB Trent Richardson.

Everyone claimed that the Colts won the trade by a landslide and at first it seemed that way. However, things didn’t go as planned throughout the season. Richardson became the rising starter to being benched during the regular season. Things got so bad that at times RB Donald Brown was doing much better than Richardson to a point where NFL analysts were thinking that the Colts should have started Brown from the beginning.

Even though the trade didn’t go as planned, many Colts staff and players still believe in Richardson’s abilities as a running back. Even TE Coby Fleener stated during Super Bowl media week that, “I still think it was a great trade for us.”

Richardson showed flashes throughout the season but couldn’t do it consistently and ultimately was the reason for being benched. However, Fleener isn’t ready to say that Richardson performance was a disappointment.

“Let me stop you right there,” the pass-catcher told NFL Network’s Around The League. “I think part of it is you’re coming into an offense that’s probably one of the most complex in the NFL. And so for him to play a week after being there was impressive because it took me a year and a half to learn the offense. I think this camp will do him a lot of good, and then you guys can judge him after that.”

Could have the Colts saved their 2014 first round pick to draft a wide receiver or a interior offensive lineman? Yes, but at the time of the trade the Colts just lost their starting running back and were afraid that Ahmad Bradshaw would get hurt (which happened the following week of the trade). For now the Colts are hoping Richardson just needs training camp to feel more comfortable with the blocking schemes of the O-line and Pep Hamilton’s playbook.