One of the biggest, unexpected trades in recent years in the NFL is most likely one the happened earlier this year between the Cleveland Browns and the Indianapolis Colts for second-year running back Trent Richardson (Browns-to-Colts) and a first-round pick (Colts-to-Browns.)
Before we touch on Richardson, let's touch on the trade. Why the Browns accepted this trade? I have no idea. Let's remember that the Browns drafted Richardson out of Alabama with the third pick in the 2012 draft, behind the Colts who drafted quarterback Andrew Luck first overall.
Trent Richardson went into Indy with high expectations from the team and the media, and he has not lived up to them. Richardson said earlier this week, "I've been playing good [for the Colts.]" The stats say completely differently, while Richardson started every game he could with the Colts, he only has two touchdowns and 272 yards. Those two touchdowns came the first two games he played with the Colts, weeks three and four.
Between being one of the top backs in the game last season, and being one of the most inconsistent, or just plain bad starting backs this season, Richardson gives himself a number-eight spot on this list. Just to give you a taste of how inconsistent he has been this season, let's take the last three games for example. In the last four games, Richardson touched the ball a combined 35 times for a total of 81 yards. In his very first two weeks with the Colts, he touched the ball 33 times for 95 yards and two touchdowns. That SCREAMS inconsistent!
He was my eighth rated running back before the season began, and now Trent Richardson is not even in my top twenty. I have no idea what is going on with Richardson, but the media is starting to question his ability to DO HIS JOB! We'll see if this continues this week as the Colts take on the Cardinals.
For more into stats on Richardson, click HERE.