Browns trade running back Trent Richardson traded to Indianapolis Colts for first-round pick

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    Two games into Trent Richardson's second season, the Cleveland Browns have given up on the running back who was the third pick of the 2012 draft. In a surprise move, the Browns shipped Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday for a first-round pick in the 2014 draft.
    There's spinning your wheels, then there's the Browns. This is one of the more baffling moves the team has pulled off, and there have been plenty to go around.
    Richardson has not been great in his one-plus NFL seasons, but last year he was playing through injuries most of the season. He has flashed his tremendous talent already (when the Browns weren't deciding to let Brandon Weeden throw 53 times in a close Week 1 while giving Richardson just 13 carries in a close game, anyway). The new front office, led by general manager Mike Lombardi, decided to ship off Richardson already – and in the process announce they've practically given up on the 2014 season after two games.
    [Related: Slideshow: Biggest NFL in-season trades]
    For now, it looks as if the Browns will turn to free agent veteran Willis McGahee to fill the role that Richardson is leaving.
    When you give up on the third pick of the draft after a little more than a year and turn to someone like McGahee, you have to wonder if the franchise has any long-term vision. There's almost no chance the Colts' pick will be in the top five, especially now that the offense has added a legitimate running back.
    The Colts lost starting running back Vick Ballard to a freak knee injury in practice last week, leaving them with Ahmad Bradshaw and little else. Colts owner Jim Irsay got Twitter buzzing with this message on Wednesday afternoon.
    Less than an hour later the Colts had stolen Richardson from the Browns.
    "Trent's a great player and we expect him to have success in this league," Browns CEO Joe Banner said, according to AP. "Right now, based on how we're building this team for sustainable success, we're going to be aggressive and do what it takes to assemble a team that consistently wins."
    Richardson has 298 carries for 1,055 yards and 11 touchdowns in his 17 NFL games, while adding 58 receptions for 418 yards and one touchdown. Again, he dealt with injuries last season, including broken ribs, so the numbers don't tell the whole story.
    [Related: Brian Hoyer to start at quarterback for Browns]
    How bad was this trade? Well, Cleveland running back Dion Lewis, who is on injured reserve, wasn't sure if he was being pranked:
    The Browns at least have some ammunition for next year's draft. After the Richardson trade, it's a pretty good bet their own pick will be very high in the first round.
     
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    4th and 26 George Halas
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    when did the browns sign jerry Angelo?
     
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    Are Cleveland Browns still in the NFL?
     
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    heard this, again I wonder if the Bears have had been on the phone w/the Colts and G-men about Bush, he's not getting a ton of playing time and Ford isn't even dressing, so why not try and get someone to overpay....like the colts just did....not saying he would have garnered a #1, but he well may have got the team a 3rd.
     
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    Hell no, we shouldn't have tried to trade Bush. We have a favorable contract, and the Colts really made a bad trade here. They've got a bad offensive line, Richardson's ypc is 3.6 and the Browns offense doesn't even rely on him that much (not to absolve them from the stupidity of this trade). It looks like they're absolutely 100% committed to tanking to get Bridgewater. I hope for their fans sake they start to have some kind of continuity in the FO, because they traded a 4th, 5th and a 7th just to trade up to get him in the first place. I think this is insurance against the Jags to get that number one pick.
     
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    I would trade Bush for the right offer. Since Forte is the main back, Bush is expendable. Just don't give him away. But if someone is dumb enough to give up a third for him, I'd have to really think about it.
     
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    Benj' that's what I'm sayin, the Colts just way overpaid for a RB, supposebly the most easy to replace, dime a dozen position on the O to replace, and we have a legit 2nd teir starter as the backup. If a team is willing to screw themselves in the draft to get him, why not?
     
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    Forte hasn't proven he can survive an entire season, and Ford is an unproven. If we traded Bush, that means we'd immediately have to look for a Willis McGahee type, when the inevitable happens. We're better with Bush than with another 3rd round pick.
     
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    RB's, outside of the blitz pickup is the easiest position to learn in the league. RB's don't get better w/age, if they are worth their salt they can have an immideate impact more then any other position.
     
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