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Jim Brown calls Richardson deal 'brilliant'

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Cleveland Browns legend Jim Brown was initially surprised by the trade sending Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round pick last week.

"But then I thought it was a brilliant move ... Because first of all, Trent couldn't have carried the kind of load that Cleveland needed," Brown told "Inside The NFL."

Richardson considered Brown a mentor and ally. That after the Hall of Fame running back was critical of Cleveland drafting Richardson with the third overall pick in the 2012 draft.

"I said he looked like an ordinary back," Brown said. That's not a criticism, that's a launching pad. What makes you great before you run the ball as a professional?"

Richardson was drafted by the former regime in Cleveland, led by team president Mike Holmgren. Brown wasn't sad to see Holmgren go, either, a point he repeated this week.

"He had all his boys that were going to come in and take advantage of the kind of money that he could pay his guys and never really be there," Brown said. "He took advantage of (former owner) Randy (Lerner) and it was just a shame. Randy's a good guy. Young owner. Wanted someone to take the pressure off of him. Mike came in, saw the weakness and took advantage of it.

"Mike is not from Cleveland. I'm a Cleveland Brown. So he gave me a choice of taking three dollars and doing a little dancing for him out there. I said, 'Mr. Holmgren, I'm sorry ... I don't dance ... become a mascot type of guy.' And I cracked up, but I wrote him a letter. And I stated those things, and I had a little humor with it because I knew ultimately I would probably be back because Cleveland is my home. I have great roots there, and I love the people, and the people love me."
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