Trent Richardson hopes NFL is noticing his AAF play

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When Trent Richardson got traded by the team that drafted him, then cut by the team that traded for him, then cut by two more teams that signed him before even getting on the field for them, it appeared his NFL career was over. He’s hoping to prove that’s not the case.

Richardson, who is now playing for the Birmingham Iron and leading the Alliance of American Football in touchdowns, says he’s hoping he’ll get another NFL chance.

“People are talking about me going back to the NFL, Richardson said. “That’s the goal. That’s the dream. But while I’m with the Alliance I’m going to do everything I can to show I appreciate them.”

Richardson is a long ways away from when he was the third overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, but he’s grateful for the job he has now.

“This second opportunity is big for me. Just the opportunity to play professional football. I missed it,” Richardson said.

Richardson is probably still a long shot to ever play in the NFL again, but there may be teams at least interested in bringing him in for a workout, and that alone is progress from where he was a year ago, when it appeared that his pro football career was long since over.

32 responses to “Trent Richardson hopes NFL is noticing his AAF play

  1. Good for him, he is making the most of his opportunity. This is what America is all about, not the corrosive peeps who claim to be about equality and socialism but demand $20 million to put on a helmet.

  2. He’s averaging less than 3 yards a carry. That’s abysmal, especially in a developmental league. The TDs mean nothing other than he was handed the ball at the goal line. The chances of him even getting a camp invite are 0.

  3. Do people actually think that AAF players are being looked at more than CFL? As for Richardson any scout will look at your YPC over TDs. TDs just mean you are in an offense that can move the ball and give you opportunities. YPC show your effectiveness much better.

  4. His line havent been great so hes not breaking any long runs. But hes playing well as a short yardage tough style of runner and would be a decent change of pace back for an NFL team.

    Hope he gets a chance as it’ll improve the AAF even more if players see you really can get a second chance. The leagues been great, something to watch in the offseason. NFL Europe was the same – but with lots of allocated players, when used right these leagues are well worth sending backups or 3rd stringers to.

  5. I can see the allure of the NFL and making millions a year (compared to the $84k he’s making now), but he’s dominating the AAF and is at best a change of pace back in the NFL. At 28 he has one shot at a decent 3-4 year contract in the NFL, but could have 8 more years in the AAF. Pays better than most jobs 28 year olds work.

  6. All the physical gifts a back could hope for, but lacks the vision necessary to be successful in the pro game where he is no longer a man among boys.

  7. @BuckyBadger: correct me if I’m wrong but I believe the CFL doesn’t have an NFL option in their contract meaning they can’t pursue NFL interest as and when it might occur. Guys in the AAF can play hard hoping for NFL camp invites and if they are unsuccessful, head back to the AAF try harder, rinse repeat. CFL you play out your deal and either get injured, regress and lose interest or maintain that interest and eventually get a chance. Quite a risk though at the lower C$. So yeah, scouts are probably looking at the AAF a little different to the CFL because there is less risk or effort involved in needing to ‘trail’ thes guys at camp.

  8. You are playing against subpar, non-profesional athletes so you should do better; you’ve proved in your PRO stops you are subpar and ineffective player. We’ve seen your kind before. Now be thankful you are the big fish in a very small pond because you aren’t but a gold fish in the NFL’s ocean.

  9. move to TE and get developed. better backs than you did.. Billy Cannon Oakland Raiders and John David Crow SF 49er’s.. grow a pair

  10. So Trent is going against talent that has all failed to make the NFL and his play isn’t like Bo Jackson going for regular 50 yard scampers. Is he expecting the NFL to downgrade their talent so he can come back.

  11. I don’t see him getting camp invitations. Teams are going to be more interested in undrafted rookies or young fringe players that might have potential.
    Now if a team loses a situational back in week 6 and they need an emergency fill-in? Yeah, he might get a few looks.

  12. I’m sure they are — they are seeing that you’ve finally found the place where you belong — let’s hope the AAF stays in business. You can be the first player to make the AAF HOF when you retire from the Idaho Potatoes or whatever…

  13. I wouldn’t take rushing touchdowns too seriously – ypc is much more important.

  14. He could probably but up even better numbers if he were playing in a high school league. However, he was terrible in the NFL after having been given multiple chances. My guess is teams don’t care what he does in the AAF. That’s about the equivalent of an “A” league baseball team, probably even lower, and hoping some MLB team gives him a job based on batting .200.

    He should be embarrassed he’s only rushing for 2.5ypc in the AAF. He can dream all he wants. He’s not getting another shot in the NFL.

  15. Probably more likely that NFL scouts are using him as a measuring stick for accurately assessing the talent level of the rest of the AAF. If he’s killing it, that means every one around him and against him probably wouldn’t cut the mustard in the NFL either.

  16. “He’s averaging less than 3 yards a carry”


    And part of that is his fault, and part of it is his line’s fault. The AAF’s offensive line play is abysmal across the board. That’s the first thing we have to consider. This is because they have the obvious problem of less talented recruits (why do you think subpar NFL linemen get jobs in free agency? It’s a position that takes a lot of time to develop). But mostly the issue is due to lack of time that the lines had. The league had to get its coaching staffs together very quickly, and the teams only spent around thirty days getting things together-practicing, scheming, and all without established starters anywhere. So yeah, the lines all stink, and badly. That’s the reason for the five man blitz rule that they have.

    As for Richardson himself…his problems in the NFL are still evident in his running style. He still misses holes developing because he only has one goal when he touches the ball, and that’s to run the guy over in front of him. He seems not to be blind to the hole, just to choose not to hit it. He does not go down when a play is lost, which leeads to the risk of fumbling. And of course, he still is not fast.

    However, all these things said, Richardson looks better individually. Mostly, he seems to be in shape. He also is doing much better as a reciever, which is important, and seems to do better in pass protection (though this you cannot judge except in an NFL setting). He definitely showcases a LOT of power. Those 3 yard gains are the result of being hit at the line of scrimmage every play (either due to his own decision or, more frequently, the line being overwhelmed) and him carrying the pile himself. Within three yards of the endzone, Richardson looks unstoppable.

    Overall, he looks like a pure goal line back that could be a third or possibly second stringer on an NFL roster if he shows that his decision making has improved in the preseason for some team. The bad line play and defensive handicaps make it difficult to judge how much he’s developed as a smart runner.

  17. I’m sure Ryan Grigson is watching closely. This time he can acquire him and not trade a first wound pick to do so.

  18. Does Trent realize AAF are guys who couldn’t make it in the NFL as 3rd string or practice squad members? I bet only one or two players in the entire AAF may be NFL quality if given the chance…and Trent isn’t one of them.

  19. Am I missing something here but didn’t the NFL already witness him in their league hence the reason he’s in the AAF to begin with

  20. Jerome Bettis and Legarrette Blount had long careers doing the same type of short-yardage power running. But both of them evolved into that role after proving themselves as ‘traditional’ RBs.

    As others have noted, it will probably take an injury to a starter during the season for Richardson to get a look.

  21. First he is averaging 2.4 YPC. His line is actually playing pretty well. He is on one of the better AAF teams and his TD numbers are padded by the way they play at the goal line. I get so tired of reading every week about him when he is barely a top 5 RB in the AAF for the people who have been watching the games. He must have a great agent. The talent in these games is fairly good so people who keep saying he sucks even in a bad league are wrong too. He sucks but it is against pretty good competition. So these AAf are 3rd stringers and such are not accurate. Quite a few of these guys did not get drafted because of the small schools they attended or from injury concerns. Only a small amount of them are previous NFL players and some of them were good NFL players not flops. Zac Stacy was a good NFL running back who had a major knee injury and after 2 years out got no chances in the NFL. He is playing very well and proving himself. Guys like him deserve another chance not guys who just were not good enough. Instead of making jokes about the AAF and the players maybe people should invest a little time into watching and learning about the AAF. If not that is fined but don’t downgrade something you do not know about.

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