Extra Point: Trent Richardson Headed to Indy
After a superb rookie year with the Cleveland Browns, former first round pick Trent Richardson was traded to the Indianapolis Colts. In return, the Browns will have a first round pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
To me, this trade doesn't make a whole lot of sense. I completely understand why the Browns made this move, however. With their first round pick they aim to get a quarterback, who will turn around their offense and team as a whole. And this makes sense, as a good, franchise quarterback is more important to a team than a franchise running back. The problem lies in that I believe the Browns did not get enough value for T-Rich, and are gambling that they will get the player they are looking for in the draft.
The chance they are taking is that the rookie qb they get is the right qb. There is absolutely no way they can be certain they will find this magic fit. The quarterback class coming into the NFL this year isn't a particularly strong one either. I would have rather seen the Browns stick with Richardson as their franchise player, and get another qb through trades or free agency.
On the other half of things, the trade also has HUGE upside for Cleveland. If they find that perfect fit in a rookie quarterback, it is just what the struggling Browns team needs to get back to being a prominent team in the NFL. But personally, the benefits do not outweigh the risks. They had diamond in the rough with Richardson, and they just lost it.
The trade also means special things for the Colts. Led by young players like Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton, along with veterans like Reggie Wayne, they are really becoming a formidable team. Though they don't have quite the firepower as some of the other teams in the league, they could certainly surprise a lot of people with a deep playoff run.