Trent Richardson, the Cleveland Browns running back, was traded to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for the first round pick in the 2014 draft on Thursday.

Richardson was picked up by the Browns as the third overall player out of the 2012 draft. At the time, the running back out of the University of Alabama was slated as the second coming of all-star Adrian Peterson. Yet two weeks into the 2013 NFL season, Browns CEO Joe Banner and coach Rob Chudzinski have found it prudent to unload Richardson, reported USA Today Sports.

It doesn’t look promising for the Browns, 0-2 thus far, to come out with winning season – or anything close to it. Richardson, for his part, hasn’t done much to elevate the team from the bottom rung of the AFC North. In the Browns’ first two games of the season, Richardson carried the ball 31 times, averaging a middling 3.4 yards per carry. His longest run has been for 10.

Despite his unexceptional stats, and the fact that at 23 he’s undergone two knee surgeries, the Colts want him. Last week, the Colts lost their star running back Vick Ballard when he blew out his knee during practice. The Colts believe they’ve got a fighting chance at a strong playoff run with Andrew Luck back at quarterback, and desperately needed a worthy replacement to run the ball up the field.

"This was more about the moment that presented itself based on the situation the Colts found themselves in," Banner said at a press conference. "We didn't have three weeks to decide. We had to decide if this was a move that could make us better."

– Chelsea Regan

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