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Browns Trade Trent Richardson To Colts For Draft Pick

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Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images.

The Indianapolis Colts outspoken owner Jim Irsay took to Twitter today to build up some anticipation for what he claimed would be a big trade, and he certainly made good on that promise. The Colts acquired Trent Richardson from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for their 2014 first-round pick.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter actually beat Irsay to the punch with an announcement, and many thought that it was a joke. But it’s real, and the Colts just got a huge upgrade at running back.

Most pegged Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure as being a part of the deal after Irsay announced that the team would be looking to deal for a running back following the season-ending injury to Vick Ballard, but no one expected this. Richardson, only in his second season, is an amazing talent with loads of potential. He vastly improves the Colts offense.

Ahmad Bradshaw, who played well in his first start last week, will be relegated to a backup role now.

It appears that the Browns are mailing it in after only two games. This more or less confirms that they’re not very confident in Brandon Weeden and that they’re gunning for Teddy Bridgewater. They just traded away their best weapon on offense after he was criminally underused to start the year. FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer reports that the Browns felt that “he didn’t fit into Chud’s offense.”

"Trent’s a great player and we expect him to have success in this league," said Browns CEO Joe Banner. "Right now, based on how we’re building this team for sustainable success, we’re going to be aggressive and do what it takes to assemble a team that consistently wins."

Cleveland is also reportedly bringing in Willis McGahee, and he’s expected to be signed if he passes a physical.