Last night, the Cleveland Browns had shockingly traded their 2012 first round pick (3rd overall) RB Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts.
For Richardson, the Browns in exchange would receive the Colts’ 2014 first-round pick. With this trade, Cleveland is now set up to receive two “first-rounders,” with a total of 7 picks in the first four rounds in the 2014 NFL Draft. It seems the Browns have dedicated all their focus once again to landing a top-flight franchise quarterback.
Given that the Browns moved up to acquire Trent Richardson in the 2012 NFL Draft, it would’ve probably made more sense to keep the young workhorse and continue to build the team. However, reports surfaced that the Browns’ management wasn’t particularly fond of the young running back, which ultimately proved to be the deciding factor as to why Richardson’s stay in Cleveland was cut so short.
After the trade was announced, during a press conference, the Browns CEO Joe Banner along with head coach Rob Chudzinski had to explain to everyone in the world, especially Cleveland fans why a move, such as this could ever happen.
“I’m aware of it enough to totally understand the emotions the Browns [fans] are experiencing and the legitimacy of the question,” Banner said. “All we can do is what we think are the best decisions to look forward and make this the best team it can be, and to position ourselves to be able to sustain that success.”
CEO Joe Banner continued by stating the Browns are dedicated to becoming a successful team.
“Trent’s a great player and we expect him to have success in this league,” Banner said. “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.”
Clearly, the Browns are going in circles in terms of how the organization would prefer to build a franchise. Cleveland is focused on racking up draft picks for another QB, but the more important question is who? Not one rookie quarterback currently stands out as a premiere franchise player. Please don’t mention Johnny Football because we’ll just ignore it.
For those that want to bring up Richardson’s career 3.5 yards per carry (950 yards in 2012, 105 yards in 2 games in 2013) and completely describe the young running back as mediocre, don’t forget that the man caught 50-plus balls in a horrid offense. Richardson was one of the few positive pieces in the Browns’ attack and Cleveland decided to let him go.
Good luck with trying to acquire that franchise quarterback. It’s surely going to take a while.
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