Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – The Cleveland Browns have sent Trent Richardson packing for the Indianapolis Colts Wednesday in exchange for a 2014 first-round draft pick.
It’s been just a year since the Browns drafted Richardson No. 3 overall and made him the centerpiece of their offense.
But new coach Rob Chudzinski, new general manager Michael Lombardi and new CEO Joe Banner have other plans.
The Browns current direction apparently is to load up on 2014 draft picks.
With the Colts being a playoff team last season, the draft pick they will give up for Richardson might not be particularly high in the first round.
The Browns still didn’t want to keep Richardson, who was reportedly shocked and upset to learn about the trade, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
Meanwhile, the Colts’ offense gets a much-needed boost after losing running back Vick Ballard and tight end Dwayne Allen for the season.
Rapoport reported that the Browns will bring in Willis McGahee on Thursday and plan to sign him if he passes a physical.
Bobby Rainey — who doesn’t have a regular-season carry in his NFL career — looks like the team’s possible starter.
Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden said a lot of Browns fans were shocked with the trade.