The NFL community is still trying to wrap their heads around the Indianapolis Colts trade for Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson. The Colts lost their running back Vick Ballard for the season and were watching the season go down in flames, instead they made a move to try to remain a contender.
They might have even upgraded.
“I know the risk,” GM Ryan Grigson told me late Wednesday night, via MMQB.com. “I watched every game [Richardson] played for Cleveland. Believe me, I know the numbers—3.5 yards a carry, long [run] of 32—but I also know in this business you can go by the norm, and you can go by the eye test. What do your eyes tell you? They tell me he’s special. He’s a 4.48-second 40 guy who defenders don’t want to tackle. I loved this kid coming out. He’s only 23 years old, and I still think he’s a great back.’’
It is still surprising that it happened, why they’re calling it a risk is little curious. You could easily blame those numbers on the fact that he was playing for the Cleveland Browns and had no real help on the offensive side of the ball.
Nevertheless the Colts have a young core to build around for the future.