The Cleveland Browns just traded Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a 2014 first round pick. Richardson will have a chance to start over with a better team during his second season in the league.
After a slow start with the Browns this season, he’s been given a second chance at success with this trade to the Colts. The Browns’ presence of a weak offensive line, as well as a lack of a downfield threat made it difficult for Richardson to break away for any carries of decent length. In two games, the rookie standout from a year ago managed to rush for just 105 yards on 31 carries, which comes out to about 3.39 yards per carry.
The change of scenery for Richardson will work to his advantage almost immediately and his fantasy owners will be enjoying the perks. The Colts have been a pass heavy team since quarterback Andrew Luck has taken over the offense last season. Now the team has a solid and talented back. Richardson now has the opportunity to take advantage of defensive mistakes in anticipation of a throw downfield to one of multiple deep threats. This will allow him to capitalize due to his quickness and versatility.
The Browns have worked out free agent Willis McGahee this morning in search of a replacement. McGahee will most likely be brought in to be the Browns’ lead back for an indefinite period of time and should be picked up in standard fantasy leagues for owners who are in need of a boost in the running game.
Unfortunately for his owners, it’s possible that Richardson will not start against the 49ers in Week 3 since he is not yet acclimated to the Colts offense. Even if he does start, it’s also possible that he will split carries with Ahmad Bradshaw for the time being. This would only be temporary in order to get Richardson used to the style of play, and would not be interfering with Richardson’s success moving forward.