Twitter Explodes as Colts Swap 1st-Round Pick for Browns' Trent Richardson

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 18, 2013

The Indianapolis Colts made a league-changing move Wednesday when they traded for Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson.

Adam Schefter of ESPN first reported news of the deal, which will cost the Colts a first-round pick in 2014:

Indianapolis then confirmed the deal on its official website:

Richardson was the third player selected in the 2012 NFL draft, just two picks behind current Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, and had a solid rookie season with 950 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.

While he had struggled to find running room in the first two games with just 105 rushing yards on 31 carries this year, running lanes should be easier to come by with his new team.

Colts owner Jim Irsay excited fans earlier in the day with a couple of tweets teasing them about a big deal:

Once the deal was announced, analysts around the country voiced their opinions. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports felt it makes sense for both sides:

Albert Breer of NFL Network discovered that Cleveland didn't feel Richardson was the right piece of the puzzle:

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports was one of few who did not like the trade for the Colts:

Another person questioning how this will help the team was ESPN's Mike Wells:

Still, the majority of experts seemed to like Richardson in his new situation, like Evan Silva of Rotoworld:

Eric Stoner of Draft Mecca made statistical comparisons of Richardson to a former star running back:

However, most were more concerned about what this would mean for the Browns going forward after trading one of their top players.

Andy Glockner of Sports Illustrated had this to say about the deal:

Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman and ESPN's Trey Wingo were not nearly as nice:

B/R's Matt Miller believes this will put a lot of pressure on the Cleveland front office next offseason:

Nevertheless, the Browns still have this season to worry about. As Josh Katzowitz of CBS Sports notes, a couple of backups are in store for bigger roles going forward:

La Canfora also reported that the team is set to sign veteran running back Willis McGahee:

ESPN’s Matt Berry discussed what this will mean from a fantasy perspective:

It also did not take long for actual players to weigh in on the deal. Colts punter Pat McAfee was certainly happy about the new acquisition (as well as his job security):

Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden had a different opinion, according to Jeff Darlington of NFL Network:

Cleveland offensive lineman Jason Pinkston also had an interesting take:

Only time will tell how this deal turns out for both sides, but it appears the majority of analysts believe the Colts are the winners in this latest transaction.


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