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Trent Richardson was traded from the Browns to the Colts following Week 2
Everything that could've gone wrong for the Cleveland Browns did during the 2013 season.
A carousel of quarterbacks, an invisible running attack and multiple fourth quarter collapses all wrapped up a very forgettable 16-game campaign.
The Browns' front office pulled off a blockbuster trade with the Indianapolis Colts following Week 2 as they dealt former third overall pick Trent Richardson in exchange for the Colts' 2014 first-round selection.
As of right now it looks as if CEO Joe Banner fleeced Indianapolis. Richardson was ineffective in his new home as he averaged only 2.9 yards per carry for a total of 458 yards over 14 games.
The true judgment of the transaction won't be known until it is seen what the Browns do with that extra pick.
To cap it all off, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner shocked the world following Cleveland's season finale loss by firing head coach Rob Chudzinski after only 11 months on the job.
However, amidst all the doom and gloom there were a few bright spots.
Brian Hoyer teased fans by impressively winning two straight as a starter in Weeks 3 and 4 before suffering a torn ACL in a Thursday night match up at home versus the Buffalo Bills.
The spark Hoyer provided was felt by everyone inside and outside the organization, which puts him in an excellent position to be the opening day quarterback in 2014.
Another positive was the meteoric rise of Josh Gordon as arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL.
Under offensive coordinator Norv Turner's tutelage, Gordon led the league in receiving yards with 1,646. Even more incredible is that Gordon did so in only 14 contests since he was suspended for the first two games of the season.
Pro Bowl Players
The Browns had more players selected to the Pro Bowl then they did wins in 2013.
Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron, Joe Thomas, Alex Mack, Joe Haden, and T.J. Ward (alternate) all got the call to head down to Hawaii.
This is a group of dynamic young players that can be the foundation of a bright future in Cleveland. Center Alex Mack and safety T.J. Ward may be the exceptions as they are free agents.