Running back Trent Richardson hasn't been seen in the NFL since being released by the Oakland Raiders in August, but the former first-round pick may be on the verge of getting another chance to prove himself.
Troy Renck of the Denver Post reported on Tuesday the Denver Broncos had Richardson in for a workout and could be "looking at him in regards to a futures contract."
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The Broncos would not be signing Richardson for this season if he signs a futures contract. Those deals don't take effect until the start of the new league year.
Even though Denver's rushing attack has struggled this year—though C.J. Anderson has averaged over four yards per carry in each of the last six games—Richardson would be an insurance policy for the team in the event free-agent-to-be Ronnie Hillman doesn't return.
Richardson's career has been one of the great disappointments in recent draft history. He was good enough coming out of Alabama for the Cleveland Browns to take him third overall in the 2012 draft.
The 25-year-old had a successful debut season with 950 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, but his 3.6 yards-per-carry average was concerning. He stumbled in 2013, which included a surprise trade to the Indianapolis Colts, and had a total of 1,079 rushing yards in 31 games from 2013-14.
Investing in Richardson now to give him a chance in 2016 wouldn't be a bad move for the Broncos. He's got to be motivated more than ever after being released by the Oakland Raiders last preseason.
Given the low financials that may be involved if the two sides find they are a match, Richardson could manage to salvage some kind of career in Denver with the right coach and system.
Because of Richardson's low standing in NFL circles, he's not going to cost much money, and Denver head coach Gary Kubiak had a knack for getting a lot out of his running backs prior to this season.