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Ravens Reportedly Land Richardson
Monday, April 18
Matt Zenitz of AL.com reported that Richardson signed with the Baltimore Ravens on Monday morning. "Richardson flew to Baltimore Sunday night and was signed after working out for team officials Monday morning, according to the source," Zenitz said.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh announced on March 22 that the team had "an unofficial agreement with [Richardson]."
Harbaugh announced on Feb. 25 that a physical for Richardson was "in the works."
Baltimore already has a crowded backfield. Once starter Justin Forsett was lost for the season after breaking his arm in November, the Ravens turned to rookie Javorius Allen and Terrance West to close out the year.
The team also has Lorenzo Taliaferro, but thanks to a foot injury, he appeared only in three games last season.
All three rushers behind Forsett averaged less than four yards per carry as the Ravens trudged through their worst season since 2007.
Bringing in Richardson could create some competition in training camp and help reveal a legitimate No. 2 back moving forward. But don't expect anything more than that. Nothing from the past suggests Richardson is going to rejuvenate his professional career in Baltimore.
Richardson Looking for Career Revival
Richardson has been nothing short of a bust since the Cleveland Browns took the former Alabama star third overall in the 2012 draft.
Following a 950-yard rookie season in Cleveland that saw him average 3.6 yards per carry, Richardson gained fewer than 600 yards in each of the next two campaigns with the Browns and Indianapolis Colts.
The Colts cut Richardson at the end of the 2014 season, and he subsequently vowed to up his game, per Mike Wells of ESPN: "I'll be one of the top running backs from here on out. They ruled Marshawn Lynch off in his third year. Look at what he's doing now. My next stop, I'll be the starter. I still have my pride, and I know who I am."
Instead, he didn't even make it out of the preseason before being cut by the Raiders.
Jim Weber of LostLettermen.com also noticed Richardson had problems with vision in the backfield. He isn't too keen on seeing Richardson back in the NFL, either:
Richardson hasn't shown he is capable of making a game-changing play. A career average of 3.3 yards per rush just doesn't cut it in the NFL.
Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.