Only about an hour ago, Indianapolis Colts Owner Jim Irsay teased a major trade for his team, something that would shake the world to its very core, and change the NFL. Just look at the tweet that he sent out, and hour before the news broke.
Like everything that has to do with Jim Irsay, people took it with a grain of salt, as the last time that Irsay hyped something like this, the Colts signed Darius Heyward-Bey. But this time, the fireworks were totally justified. The Indianapolis Colts, Jim Irsay and GM Ryan Grigson, dropped bombshell, saying they had traded a 1st round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft for Browns running back Trent Richardson.
Richardson had been a bit of disappointment after being drafted 3rd overall in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Browns, failing to take off like many had expected him to. But going to Indianapolis could really help save his career. The Colts lost Vick Ballard to a season ending freak injury last week, and Ahmad Bradshaw is hardly trustworthy when it comes to injury. With this move, the Colts now have the first and third overall picks in the draft, and are primed to make themselves the dominant force in the AFC South for years to come.
As for the Browns, this is coming as a sort of white flag for the 2013 NFL season. Starting 0-2 was bad, but the way they had was incredibly disappointing. The defense has been great, but the offense has been simply putrid. It seems like new GM Michael Lombardi has decided to remake the team under his own guidance, and Richardson is just the first piece. I wouldn’t be surprised if Brandon Weeden did not come back next season, and we see a completely different Cleveland Browns team next year.
What do you guys think of this blockbuster of a trade? Who got the better end of the deal? Let me know in the comments below.
You can follow me on Twitter at @MattyWinPats for everything Patriots and football related.