Does anybody remember when the Cleveland Browns’ front office appeared incompetent for trading running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts?
For those who need a refresher, the Browns dealt Richardson on September 18 in exchange for a first-round pick. Many NFL observers believed Cleveland had given up on its season. Some thought Cleveland dealt away its best player to solidify a high draft pick in 2014. Meanwhile, Indianapolis supposedly acquired the final player needed to catapult its team to the Super Bowl.
Cleveland, we apologize.
Richardson has been an absolute bust since he arrived in Indianapolis, and as a result of his futility, he no longer will start for the Colts.
Colts will bench Trent Richardson in favor of Donald Brown Sunday, per @MikeSilver
— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) December 1, 2013
It is hard to blame Indianapolis for making that move as the Colts face Tennessee on Sunday.
Richardson has rushed 103 times for 287 yards and two touchdowns in nine games (eight starts) with the Colts. He is averaging 2.8 yards per carry, and his highest rushing total this season was 60 yards on 20 carries against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 4. Brown has rushed for 324 yards and three touchdowns off the bench this season
As a rookie, Richardson rushed for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2012, but his performance this year makes the average person wonder how he accomplished that.
Cleveland apparently knew the answer, which is why the Browns dealt Richardson.
That was a smart move.
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