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Marvin Lewis is happy to see Richardson leave the AFC North

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With all the talk about how the trade of Trent Richardson affects the teams directly involved, other teams will be affected, too.

And some other teams like the move.  Including the Bengals.

Coach Marvin Lewis exhibited restrained jubilation on Thursday when discussing the move with Ross Tucker and Derrick Brooks of SiriusXM NFL Radio.

“We go to Cleveland next week, Ross,” Lewis said.  “I feel pretty good about that, a little better about that.”

While not directly chiding the Browns for dumping the third overall pick in the 2012 draft, Lewis heaped praise on the man he’ll now have to defend on December 8 instead of both September 29 and November 17.

“Any time a great young player like Trent Richardson leaves your division — now, we still get to face him this year, but once instead of twice,” Lewis said.  “He’s a fine player, and I think has a big career ahead of him.”

It actually hurts the Bengals because it strengthens a team with which Cincinnati could be jockeying for a wild-card spot, if Baltimore rises up and wins the AFC North.

The trade also could hurt the Bengals over the long haul if it allows the Browns, with two first-round picks in 2014, to secure a franchise quarterback that will transform Cleveland into a perennial contender.

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34 Responses to “Marvin Lewis is happy to see Richardson leave the AFC North”
  1. Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 19, 2013 8:31 AM

    Gutsy move by Cleveland. Let’s see if the Steelers have the same fortitude. Seriously doubt it.

  2. bcmcknight77 says: Sep 19, 2013 8:36 AM

    It’s really sweet that you think the Ravens can win the AFC North.

  3. wearethesteelers says: Sep 19, 2013 8:39 AM

    LOLOLOLOLOL

  4. dspyank2k11 says: Sep 19, 2013 8:42 AM

    Why? so now you dont have to game plan for anyone on the Browns instead of just sticking 11 in the box like you did when he was there?

    Weak Sauce Marv.. Weak Sauce.

  5. sepl12 says: Sep 19, 2013 8:45 AM

    How hard do you think Florio was laughing when he wrote that last sentence?

  6. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 19, 2013 8:55 AM

    Has to be the most honest, insightful comment I’ve heard from ML.

  7. Stiller43 says: Sep 19, 2013 8:56 AM

    Multiple GMs are already saying the Colts lost the trade BIG TIME.

    Average RB with injury issues for a 1st round pick? Those can be found anywhere.

  8. bigbenownsthenfl says: Sep 19, 2013 8:57 AM

    I love when they always keep counting the Steelers out! #BIGMISTAKE

  9. bach2112 says: Sep 19, 2013 8:57 AM

    Glad this kid is going somewhere he is respected. Jim Brown started in on him before he played a down. I wish Jim Brown played in today’s NFL. the linebackers and safeties are bigger than the linemen he ran through. Lost a lot of respect(even tho he could careless lol) for him when he started dogging this kid before he ever played. The average Dlinesman in his day was 220 today its 300 plus.

  10. bigbenownsthenfl says: Sep 19, 2013 8:58 AM

    I love when they always keep counting the Steelers out!! #BIGMISTAKE

  11. jimthebuilder27 says: Sep 19, 2013 9:02 AM

    Most teams wish they had the Browns in their division!

  12. jimthebuilder27 says: Sep 19, 2013 9:03 AM

    So can’t stand Marvin Lewis. He hasn’t even won a playoff game as head coach and keeps yakking.

    Win something, then you can yak all you want!

  13. ccjcsr says: Sep 19, 2013 9:03 AM

    3.6 yds a carry…he should want him back!

    For all the hype this guy sure hasn’t done anything yet.

    #AFCstinks

  14. atkinsandgreenreignsupreme says: Sep 19, 2013 9:03 AM

    We will see Trent in Cincy in December. in our hosue!..Our defense is built for the strong running game so bring it! With that said Cleveland is tanking the season like Indy did to get Andrew Luck. They will then use the philosophy that Cincy did by trading CP and having 2 1st rd picks… They will attempt to get Bridgewater and the best WR on the board in rd 1 grab a RB in rd 2 and go 2 OL in rd 3. They will be a team to watch out for in 2015 maybe 2014 if they get train moving like DC, Cincy and Seattle did with rookies QB’s….

  15. whatnojets says: Sep 19, 2013 9:06 AM

    I like the trade.

    It will make the Browns more relevant in the years to come!

    Maybe I’ll change my allegiance from The Jets to The Browns!!

    Ok–now that I wrote that, does anyone know the number for the Suicide Hotline???

  16. jwil007 says: Sep 19, 2013 9:08 AM

    They will try to get a QB and WR with the 2 1st rd picks in 2014. They also have 2 3rds and 2 5ths I believe….Bridgewater is who they are shooting for like Indy with Andrew Luck…..We see him in Dec in our house…. Defense will be ready!

  17. natigator says: Sep 19, 2013 9:20 AM

    The more likely scenario, is the Bengals just go ahead and win the AFC North, because the Ravens have taken a step (or three) back this year.

    And inevitably, in true Cleveland fashion, they will finish with the third or fourth worst record and will trade a 1 and another pick or two to move up 1 or 2 spots to get Bridgewater or Boyd. So basically they will have traded 2 1s, a 4, a 5, and a 7 and God knows what else for a QB. (They traded their 1/4/5/7 for a 1 to grab Richardson, traded that 1 for another 1, and will likely need to package anoter 1 and other picks to get the QB)

    Pittsburgh & Baltimore will be in the Super Bowl again before Cleveland is in the playoffs

  18. rgwhodey says: Sep 19, 2013 9:24 AM

    I thought they had two first round draft picks and drafted their franchise qb to be perennial contenders last year? weird…

  19. sirsupersouthern says: Sep 19, 2013 9:29 AM

    “if Baltimore rises up and wins the AFC North.”
    ____________________________

    You obviously haven’t been paying attention. Baltimore is a shell of itself. Losing Boldin and their best defensive players have proven too much to overcome, they barely beat Cleveland.

    Add an injury to Ray Rice and the Ravens are through. Flacco isn’t the type of player who can carry scrubs to the playoffs…

  20. Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 19, 2013 9:38 AM

    “Oh no! If we lose to Cleveland now we’ll really be the laughingstocks.”

    – Steelers’ fans.

  21. homelanddefense says: Sep 19, 2013 9:48 AM

    the last two sentences were comedic gold. Not sure if it was intentional or not.

  22. Kaz says: Sep 19, 2013 10:09 AM

    Lombardi had a twinkle in his eye for J.Russell. I’m not concerned about him getting a franchise qb in 2014.

  23. txraiders says: Sep 19, 2013 10:46 AM

    How does this strengthen, or have anything to do with Baltimore?

    Would have made more sense to say it strengthens the Colts (you know, Indianapolis) in a possible wild card battle.

  24. Deb says: Sep 19, 2013 11:03 AM

    As a Steelers fan and a Bama fan, the Richardson trade was the best thing that’s happened to me on the pro side this season. Thrilled Trent’s going to a team that actually wants him and appreciates what he brings to the table. More important, they have an honest-to-goodness quarterback in Indy, so Richardson won’t be expected to carry the whole team. And like Marv, I’m glad he’s no longer a threat within our division.

    As for the Browns getting that one-in-a-million quarterback … they’re called “one in a million” for a reason.

  25. jamesstinnett says: Sep 19, 2013 12:05 PM

    I dont get all this talk about how this makes cleveland better in the long run. Sure its great to have 2 1st round draft picks, thst you can probably package together and get a top 5 pick with (if you dont already have a top 5 pick from this season). But how many first round draft picks have been busts?? You had a proven beast in Richardson, and you let him go for a future player who you think will be good. As a bengals fan, I know how easy It is for a team to select a 1st round bust.. I dont see the logic in trading a really good young player, for someone you have to clue about. Not to mention the colts are good! So your probablyonly getting a pick in between 21 and 30.

  26. t8ertot says: Sep 19, 2013 12:24 PM

    Their draft picks, like past ones, will end in disappointment. And no, Trent isn’t average, he just played for a horrible team. Watch him flourish with the colts

  27. lovefootball4life says: Sep 19, 2013 1:13 PM

    Shocking move but perhaps this is finally an indictment against Weeden. They are saying a QB next year will take at least until his second or third year to develop and compete at a high level. Rookie QB starters competing at a high level are rare. By then T-Rich will be in his 4th or 5th year.

    Maybe they want to take a page from the Bengals and get their QB and and offense weapon pretty much the same year and build around them.

    That pretty much would say Browns are thinking 3-4 seasons away.

  28. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 19, 2013 2:06 PM

    “I am pissed off and insulted and you will live to regret the day that you said that!!!”

    -Whoever gets selected with that draft pick

  29. minilb says: Sep 19, 2013 2:23 PM

    They’ll probably blow it by drafting manzel who can’t handle the pressure of being a top college QB, let alone a #1 overall draft pick.

  30. MyTeamsAllStink says: Sep 19, 2013 3:24 PM

    too bad Art Model can’t move them again.

  31. greenisgold1265 says: Sep 19, 2013 3:35 PM

    “to secure a franchise quarterback that will transform Cleveland into a perennial contender.”

    HAH!

    like Tim Couch, or Derek Anderson, or Brady Quinn, or Colt McCoy, or Brandon Weeden.

    wouldn’t hold my breath…

  32. Deb says: Sep 19, 2013 5:04 PM

    @MyTeamsAllStink …

    They never should have been moved in the first place. The team and front office he moved won the Super Bowl four years later. What’s there now is basically a franchise team created in 1999–and that’s why they stink.

    Jacksonville can’t support the Jaguars. That team should have been given to Baltimore and Cleveland should have worked out its issues with Modell. The NFL screwed up and Cleveland is paying for it.

  33. clintblairjr says: Sep 19, 2013 7:04 PM

    Johnny Manziel decides to stay another year to win a championship, not going to play for jags or browns. Lol.

  34. gatorguy7g says: Sep 20, 2013 7:45 AM

    The Browns would of had a first round pick based on what I have seen so far and don’t forget there are other teams looking for a franchise an Oakland the jaguars Vikings heck the rams might too if sam Bradford doesn’t pick up his play with the Browns luck they will pick third and get jadevion clowny an put him in there 3-4 defense but since he has been known to have conditioning problems last 4 years and leave they had a franchise QB in Tim couch but they didn’t have a line to protect him they have terrible wide receivers that whole offense needs re tooled there defense is awesome though Joe Haden best covet corner nobody talks about anyway bad trade by the browns an Marvin is the only thing holding the Bengals back from reaching the talented potential the Bengals have

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