Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown is a legendary figure in the Cleveland Browns organization.
As such, Brown’s opinions about the Browns carry legitimate weight.
The Trent Richardson trade is the latest event for Brown to express his notably blunt opinions about and he took the chance to take a shot at a familiar target in the process. Brown had been critical of Richardson in the past calling him an “ordinary” talent.
In an interview on Showtime’s Inside the NFL, Brown spoke in favor of the trade Cleveland made in sending Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a first-round draft pick next year. .
“I was surprised,” Brown said, via John Breech of CBSSports.com. “But then I thought it was a brilliant move… Because first of all, Trent [Richardson] couldn’t have carried the kind of load that Cleveland needed.”
One reason Brown could be a fan of the move is because Mike Holmgren isn’t.
Holmgren was very critical of the trade of Richardson last week. Brown isn’t fond of Holmgren or the job he did as president of the Browns. He wasn’t kept as a part of the Browns organization with Holmgren at the helm and Brown felt disrespected by how he felt he was treated at the time. The trade gave Brown another opportunity to speak his mind about Holmgren.
“[Holmgren] 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 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.”
The relationship between Holmgren and Brown appeared to improve during the latter stages of Holmgren’s tenure in Cleveland, but it seems unlikely the duo will be buddies any time soon.