Dec 15, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson (34) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Coby Fleener thinks Trent Richardson trade great for Indianapolis Colts

Player trades don’t happen too often in the NFL and they certainly don’t happen too often during the season involving a top three pick being shipped out after his rookie season, but that was the case with Trent Richardson who was traded by the Cleveland Browns to the Indianapolis Colts for a first round pick.

The move came as a major surprise as many believed the Colts had just fleeced the Browns, but that notion quickly dissipated after Richardson struggled mightily with the Colts as he averaged a paltry 2.9 yards per carry and was buried behind afterthought Donald Brown on the bench.

However, don’t tell Colts tight end Coby Fleener that the trade was a mistake for the Colts.

“I still think it was a great trade for us,” Fleener told Around The League on Friday. “Our front office has done an awesome job putting together teams from Day One. I think that acquisition is going to be huge for us and pay dividends in the future.”

As many unforgiving fantasy football owners labeled Richardson a bust and Cleveland fans are counting their blessings for a second first round pick, Fleener and the Colts essentially are giving Richardson a pass after the midseason trade that forced him to pick up an intricate offense on the fly.

The 2014 season for Richardson will in many ways be a make-or-break season and he will have the benefit of a full offseason where he can absorb the playbook and become a more efficient and effective runner as he enters his third season out of Alabama.

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