Aug 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson (33) stretches before a game against the Detroit Lions at FirstEnergy Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns paid Trent Richardson $13.3 million dollars in signing bonus for 17 games


When the Cleveland Browns selected Trent Richardson third overall in the 2012 NFL Draft, it came at a hefty cost.

The former Alabama star signed a four year, $20.5 million dollar contract with the team, with $13.3 million of that coming in the form of a signing bonus. A signing bonus which the team paid, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter:

When Browns signed RB Trent Richardson, they gave him a $13,341,672 signing bonus. Money’s gone, gone, gone.

Now, while I’m no mathematician, Richardson played 17 games in a Browns uniform, meaning they paid him a hefty $784,804 dollars per game (or a bit under $3,000 dollars per rush)  just from his signing bonus – that’s not adding in the rest of his actual base salary.

Of course, this seems like just another pile on the Browns case, which I’m not trying to do, though the trade looks more and more strange as time moves forward.

The Browns appear to be dead-set that Richardson doesn’t fit in their ‘new’ offense, though, I always thought the offense was built around the talent, not the other way around.

I’d be smiling too, Trent, I’d be smiling too.

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  • freeme10

    Yes – both offensive and defensive strategies should be built around the talent. Drafts and acquisitions through FA should be made to fill in the gaps. The trade of Trent Richardson was fiscally irresponsible (his contract was mostly paid for), unbelievable (giving up on the season two games in in a weakened AFC N.), and disrespectful to the fans of Cleveland. Brace yourselves, Cleveland. Mike is in control once again. Never forget what he helped orchestrate in the 90s. I think he left his couch to come back to Cleveland just to kick us in the jewels one more time. Who would be so foolish to have this guy as a GM after his tenure in Oakland (Oakland won 19/80 games during his last 5 years there, Browns won 29/80 during these years)? This is the guy that evaluated and gave a thumbs-up to JaMarcus Russel. Why should we trust him to draft a QB in the draft for the Browns? Trent was our best and most dynamic offensive player – and we gave him up for what will most likely be a draft pick in the mid-twenties. 2013 – the year of the shaken head.