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.