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Colts claim they’d still trade for Trent Richardson

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Eight weeks after sending their first-round pick in 2014 to the Browns for running back Trent Richardson, the Colts claim they’d do it all over again.

That’s what an unnamed Colts source told Ian Rapoport of the Network The Colts Partially Own.

This one would be news only if the Colts were to admit they screwed up just as badly as the Browns did by trading up from No. 4 to No. 3 in the 2012 draft to take Richardson in the first place.  And they did.

Despite any excuses made for Richardson’s 2.8 yards per carry average since arriving in Indy (and 0.4 against the Rams on Sunday), if Richardson were the kind of running back that justified giving up a first-round pick in an era that he seen the position become greatly devalued with plenty of quality running backs available in later rounds of the draft (and after the draft), he’d be performing like it.

Last year, the issue was durability.  This year, the issue is ineffectiveness.  Next year, who knows what the problem will be?

But the excuses will persist and the Colts will continue to claim they don’t regret giving up their first-round draft pick for Richardson and there’s no reason for them to ever admit that which everyone else eventually will figure out, unless and until Richardson becomes Jim Brown, Barry Sanders, or Adrian Peterson.

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49 Responses to “Colts claim they’d still trade for Trent Richardson”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 14, 2013 8:12 PM

    Well that’s just stupid.

  2. mrfrostyj says: Nov 14, 2013 8:14 PM

    Trent was better in Cleveland….who would have thought anyone would be saying that. Certainly not me.

  3. iceicebaby32 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:17 PM

    Probably out of the NFL in 2 more years.

    Richardson is awful.

  4. jakec4 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:17 PM

    The Colts can’t very well tell the truth and come right out and say the Browns fleeced them for a lemon.

  5. thermanmerman99 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:17 PM

    the offensive line is terrible, trent richardson is hit as soon as he gets the ball. does this writer even watch games? if they used trent richardson out in the flat for screen passes etc he would excel, instead of running him into a brick wall with a terrible offensive line providing zero blocking

  6. swaggyy says: Nov 14, 2013 8:18 PM

    And still get the same lousy production. Even if his line is bad at run blocking, he should still average more than 2.8 ypc. Funny how that’s been the excuse for him in two different teams. Hmmmmm…

  7. indywilson40 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:21 PM

    No they wouldn’t.

  8. truthfactory says: Nov 14, 2013 8:26 PM

    I don’t have a problem with the source making this comment. It’s to be expected.

    I’d have a major problem if they actually thought this way. The only thing worse than making a mistake is to make a mistake and not learn from it. I hope this is just bs talk for the Colts sake. Otherwise they’re in trouble.

  9. trevor123698 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:27 PM

    “Trent was better in Cleveland….who would have thought anyone would be saying that.”

    I would have bet my bottom dollar that this trade would be recognized as a bust within 2 years of it happening. It was written on the wall before he got drafted

  10. rolltide510 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:27 PM

    I love Trent, they’re lying though.

  11. deerhuntinfool71 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:31 PM

    I was not happy when Jim brown called T-rich an ordinary running back. But the bottom line is brown calls it like he sees it and will tell it how it is. I thought Richardson was going to be a beast but is horrible! The browns gave him a huge opportunity to light it up but he stunk it up! So happy we got a first round pick back. Hopefully we don’t blow it next year on that pick!

  12. dubblelznhell says: Nov 14, 2013 8:35 PM

    It’s true though. The two teams he’s played for have failed to open up for him. He be getting way more production running behind a o line like the Cardinals. That lil guy Ellington gets like 7 a carry while a REAL plodder like Mendenhall struggles to get 3.8 a carry

  13. raiderapologist says: Nov 14, 2013 8:36 PM

    swaggyy says: Nov 14, 2013 8:18 PM

    And still get the same lousy production. Even if his line is bad at run blocking, he should still average more than 2.8 ypc. Funny how that’s been the excuse for him in two different teams. Hmmmmm…
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    Rashad Jennings is getting 4.6 running behind Oakland’s line, while McFadden averages 3.6. And Oakland’s line is not good.

  14. krenshaws says: Nov 14, 2013 8:36 PM

    We all just hope for Irsay to decimate this team in the coming years. Nothing would make me happier than seeing that horse face Luck feel the pain of losing season after losing season.

  15. spyder9669 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:36 PM

    Do the people that say his line sucks want to admit so does APs and hes on pace for ONLY 1600 yards…

  16. ravenswhat says: Nov 14, 2013 8:37 PM

    I still think it’s too soon to call him a bust. He’s in a new offense, it takes time. His numbers last year were actually pretty impressive considering how bad that team was.

  17. tincansailor981 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:40 PM

    He needs to go and take his overrated ‘Bama teammate, “one good game in three years” Ingram with him. At least. bum Richardson has had more good games.

  18. dwatkins69 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:43 PM

    I dont think the Colts will be calling Cleveland again!

  19. skinsfolife says: Nov 14, 2013 8:49 PM

    They would probably still pick up Landry too and we all just saw the angle he took on Johnson as he took it to the house from 30 out. Get up and flex Laron. Get up and flex. Grigson is the second worst GM next to Jerry.

  20. rhabdodontidae says: Nov 14, 2013 8:50 PM

    You should’ve seen what media types were saying about Jerome Bettis circa 1995.

    Colts aren’t so shortsighted. Even Marshall Faulk had one year where he averaged 3.0 YPC.

  21. threefeetaway says: Nov 14, 2013 8:56 PM

    If the “unnamed Colts source” is Jim Irsay then I’m not surprised, he would be dumb enough to do it again…

  22. humbletiger says: Nov 14, 2013 9:18 PM

    Yeah, and I’d still marry my ex-wife.

  23. brownsclown says: Nov 14, 2013 9:19 PM

    The Colts are just laying the groundwork to trade for Weeden!

  24. cbrown386 says: Nov 14, 2013 9:27 PM

    His line is awful, that’s absolutely true. But why is Trent getting 2.8 per carry while Donald Brown is looking just fine behind the same 5 guys?

  25. dabmasterhap says: Nov 14, 2013 9:30 PM

    Far from Adrian Peterson or even Chris Johnson. The Browns pulled one over the Colts. Banner and Lombardi are quietly putting the pieces together and to pull off that trade just shows how emotions are need to left out in these decisions Mr. Irsay. 2.8 yards and average, for a first rounder? Yea. Goodbye.

  26. Stiller43 says: Nov 14, 2013 9:40 PM

    Thermanmerman

    Then explain donald brown and ahmad bradshaw are/were averaging much higher behind the same line…

  27. genoinabottlenyj says: Nov 14, 2013 9:43 PM

    sure they would, but they would ask for josh gordon to be included as well.

  28. dodohead418 says: Nov 14, 2013 9:45 PM

    I cannot believe Richardson played for Alabama!

  29. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Nov 14, 2013 9:51 PM

    The great Jim Brown’s personnel evaluation of Trent Richardson was he’s, “just an ordinary back.” At the time, Brown’s evaluation of Richardson was very much against the grain.

    Not so much anymore.

    I like T-Rich, but so far – his performance been underwhelming. I hope he gets a turned around – great kid, who is humble, works hard and (IMO) deserves a fine career.

  30. ballboy48 says: Nov 14, 2013 9:59 PM

    thermanmerman99 says:
    Nov 14, 2013 8:17 PM
    the offensive line is terrible, trent richardson is hit as soon as he gets the ball.
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    No…as a Browns fan, he use to run into the wall all by himself, because he didn’t know how to hit the holes, or find them. He stutter steps way too much, and is average at best. The Colts already had a good RB in Brown.

  31. themagicman1223 says: Nov 14, 2013 9:59 PM

    I said it since the beggining that this was a good trade for the Browns. Main issue with Richardson is vision, he doesn’t have good vision and rarely picks the good hole to explode through.

  32. realfootballfan says: Nov 14, 2013 10:11 PM

    Sure they would. Right now, they’re looking like the answer to the new Herschel Walker trade.

  33. GBwomenrhot says: Nov 14, 2013 10:24 PM

    Ok, sure….and the Cubs would trade Lou Brock all over again for Ernie Broglio…what is Jim Irsay smoking? Put the Tweet in your Bong and smoke it….

  34. rodh32340 says: Nov 14, 2013 10:49 PM

    Is it easier to find run-blocking O-linemen or starting RB’s?

  35. jerjaxon says: Nov 14, 2013 11:13 PM

    Translation:

    “Man… we made a really, really big mistake there. Good thing our division sucks, though”

  36. bkh405 says: Nov 14, 2013 11:41 PM

    What are they supposed to say? “Man we really screwed the pooch!”

    Whine all you’d like about the terrible line play, but Steven Jackson lined up behind much worse, for 4 or 5 years and with much less talent on offense. Never stopped him from collecting 1,000 yards a season.

  37. cheddarisbeddar says: Nov 14, 2013 11:47 PM

    Amateur front offices sign players like Erik Walden to 19-million dollar contracts and trade first and second round picks for below average running backs and cornerbacks.

    Irsay thought he had us all fooled. But I guess the joke is on him.

  38. eatitfanboy says: Nov 14, 2013 11:50 PM

    thermanmerman99 says:
    Nov 14, 2013 8:17 PM
    the offensive line is terrible, trent richardson is hit as soon as he gets the ball. does this writer even watch games?

    Do you watch the games? Donald Brown ran 14 times for 80 yards, or 5.7 yards per attempt. Richardson carried 8 times for 22 yards, or 2.8 yards per attempt.

    Are they running behind different offensive lines?

  39. chewingonlightbulbs says: Nov 14, 2013 11:55 PM

    Riiiiiight. And I’d marry my ex-wife again.

  40. scandiman says: Nov 15, 2013 12:03 AM

    Soo..it would be newsworthy if the Colts admitted that they screwed up in trading for Richardson but the Colts are not saying they screwed up and this is news? smh

  41. asublimeday says: Nov 15, 2013 1:05 AM

    Seriously no mention of Walter Payton on that list?

  42. sportsfan18 says: Nov 15, 2013 1:42 AM

    thermanmerman99 says:
    Nov 14, 2013 8:17 PM
    the offensive line is terrible, trent richardson is hit as soon as he gets the ball. does this writer even watch games? if they used trent richardson out in the flat for screen passes etc he would excel, instead of running him into a brick wall with a terrible offensive line providing zero blocking

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    The Colts as a team are averaging 4.4 yards a rush and that’s with Trent pulling their average down.

    Guess the line is only allowing him to get hit right away huh?

  43. boomgrounder says: Nov 15, 2013 3:32 AM

    The Browns fleeced the Colts on this deal. I said it when it happened and I’ll say it again. I would not trade a 1st Round Draft pick for any NFL RB except maybe Adrian Peterson. But I’d try like hell to get him for a 2nd and a 3rd.

  44. metalhead65 says: Nov 15, 2013 4:05 AM

    right the colrs deal was awful, I mean they will miss out on such a impact player the browns will be getting at # 26-32 right? just horrible to get 2 of the top 3 picks in last years draft for 2 #1’s. it will be funny listening to you guys talk about what a shrewd trade it was when everything comes together for the colts who even though I don’t like them are doing a helluva a hob rebuilding on the fly. remember this team was 2-14 2 years ago. I think I trust their judgment over some internet hack.

  45. sbmcintosh36 says: Nov 15, 2013 9:29 AM

    Yeah and i’d marry my wife again. . he was bad in Cleveland and hasn’t changed, Indy should’ve watched the NFL tape and not the Bama tape before making this deal

  46. darkintruder says: Nov 15, 2013 10:23 AM

    Get off Richardson’s back! His offensive line needs to do a better job opening up some lanes for him. You think Emmitt Smith would have racked up all the yards he did with a below-average O-line?

  47. walkinginthewasteland says: Nov 15, 2013 11:27 AM

    He might end up being a metaphor for a 1st round RB bust. “Oh, he’s another Trent Richardson”

  48. ballboy48 says: Nov 15, 2013 11:54 AM

    I wish I would stop hearing about the Colts OL. Isn’t it the same line that blocks for Donald Brown? He seems to find the holes quite alright.

  49. tonybot3 says: Nov 15, 2013 5:19 PM

    He is not an explosive back because he’s scared of getting hurt again… Its called self preservation… He’d rather intentionally make contact with the pile and try to push it along on brute strength, rather than try to explode through it…

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