On his first day with the Indianapolis Colts, running back Trent Richardson reported to work, still waiting for the shock to subside.
"I can't believe it," Richardson said of being traded from the Cleveland Browns to the Colts Wednesday for a first-round draft pick. "I didn't see it coming from anywhere. I had a good relationship with everybody. But I guess it's the best move for the Browns. At the end of the day it's the best move for both of us, I guess."
Richardson will have two days to assimilate bits and pieces of the Indianapolis offensive system. Coach Chuck Pagano, who said he received text messages from former players in Baltimore thanking him for taking Richardson out of the AFC North division, doesn't plan to use training wheels introducing Richardson to game action.
Ahmad Bradshaw could start, but Richardson will "get as much as he can handle" Sunday in San Francisco.
"We did not bring him here to be the water boy on Sunday," Pagano said. "He'll be ready to roll."
Pagano didn't believe general manager Ryan Grigson when the second-year personnel boss told him the trade was in the works. He's viewed throughout the organization as a complete back and much more than a powerful north-and-south running back. Grigson cited Richardson's 4.48 speed on a squat 220-pound frame. Pagano gave the more colorful but popular scouting term: "He's a rolling ball of butcher knives," the coach said.
Richardson's indoctrination to the offense will be aided by his relationship with quarterback Andrew Luck, the first pick in the 2012 draft chosen two picks before the Browns dealt up to draft Richardson at No. 3.
"Me and Andrew have been good friends for a while," Richardson said. "We were in the Heisman race together, we did stuff at the draft together. Andrew's a good dude."