Twitter Explodes as Colts Swap 1st-Round Pick for Browns' Trent Richardson
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:
Filed to ESPN: Browns RB Trent Richardson to Indy for Colts' first-round pick.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 18, 2013
Indianapolis then confirmed the deal on its official website:
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:
OMG...the Earth is SHAKING!!!!! Shock and AWE is coming VERY SOON!!!!!!!— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) September 18, 2013
This day of MONSTER TRADE,The Tidal Wave Of Deal making...Shocks the system of "..Didn't see THIS ONE COMING!!!!!!" Grig's Rollin' Dice!— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) September 18, 2013
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:
So it's Trent Richardson. Makes sense. Browns didn't see downfield explosion and he has injuries concerns. Colts looking for a pounder— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 18, 2013
Albert Breer of NFL Network discovered that Cleveland didn't feel Richardson was the right piece of the puzzle:
Browns source says Richardson just wasn't a great fit, so getting a 1 was great value. Cleveland now has 2 1's, a 2, 2 3's and 2 4's in '14.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 18, 2013
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports was one of few who did not like the trade for the Colts:
I love Ryan Grigson as a GM. I don't like this move. Back don't win titles. They are complimentary pieces. Yecch— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) September 18, 2013
Another person questioning how this will help the team was ESPN's Mike Wells:
Great pickup by Colts but that still doesn't fix their blocking problems. Hard for Luck to pass and Richardson to run w/o good blockers— Mike Wells (@MikeWellsNFL) September 18, 2013
Still, the majority of experts seemed to like Richardson in his new situation, like Evan Silva of Rotoworld:
Omg Trent is gonna EAT.— Evan Silva (@evansilva) September 18, 2013
Eric Stoner of Draft Mecca made statistical comparisons of Richardson to a former star running back:
Trent Richardson's efficiency numbers are almost identical to Ladainian Tomlinson, but you guys are all right - he sucks.— Eric Stoner (@ECStoner) September 18, 2013
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:
I'm truly sorry Browns fans. After decades of heartbreak, getting your team stolen, and 15 years of an expansion clownshow, you get this??!?— Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner) September 18, 2013
Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman and ESPN's Trey Wingo were not nearly as nice:
Browns should just give up. Pathetic.— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) September 18, 2013
We'd like to thank The Browns for their participation in the 2013 season....and wish them all the best in their endeavors— trey wingo (@wingoz) September 18, 2013
B/R's Matt Miller believes this will put a lot of pressure on the Cleveland front office next offseason:
#Browns just went all-in on the 2014 NFL draft class.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) September 18, 2013
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:
So, great day for Bobby Rainey. Richardson's backup in CLE. It had been a great day for Brian Hoyer. It's less great right now.— Josh Katzowitz (@joshkatzowitz) September 18, 2013
La Canfora also reported that the team is set to sign veteran running back Willis McGahee:
Browns will be signing free agent RB Willis McGahee if he passes a physical.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 18, 2013
ESPN’s Matt Berry discussed what this will mean from a fantasy perspective:
In the leagues I could, I picked up both Rainey & McGahee.— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) September 18, 2013
Keep in mind, whoever the starting RB in CLE is...it's a low end RB2, flex guy at best. Try to get if RB starved but I'm not going crazy.— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) September 18, 2013
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):
Well.. I'm pretty pumped we traded our 2014 1st round pick... No way we pick up a punter in the 1st round now... WOOO..Welcome to Indy Trent— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) September 18, 2013
Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden had a different opinion, according to Jeff Darlington of NFL Network:
Surprised by Trent Richardson trade? You are not alone. Quarterback Brandon Weeden just sent me a text: "Shocked man. That's all I can say."— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) September 18, 2013
Cleveland offensive lineman Jason Pinkston also had an interesting take:
This business is crazy nothing is for sure..— Jason Pinkston (@JasonPinkstonOL) September 18, 2013
Happy hour here I come— Jason Pinkston (@JasonPinkstonOL) September 18, 2013
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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