In a rare blockbuster trade, the Cleveland Browns have traded starting running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a 2014 first-round draft pick.
The Browns are bringing in veteran running back Willis McGahee for a physical and will sign him if he passes.
“Trent’s a great player and we expect him to have success in this league,” Browns CEO Joe 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.”
Prior to the NFL awarding compensatory selections this spring, the trade gives the Browns 10 draft selections, including a pair of first-round selections. Cleveland previously had acquired the Steelers’ third-round selection and the Colts’ fourth-round choice.
McGahee is a two-time Pro Bowl selection who has four 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
Richardson was the only running back to carry the football during a 14-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, gaining 58 yards on 18 carries.
Richardson rushed for 950 yards as a rookie while dealing with broken ribs.
He was drafted third overall last year after starring at Alabama.
Brown has rushed for 1,055 yards and 11 touchdowns with 58 catches for 418 yards and one touchdown.
At Alabama, he helped the Crimson Tide win two national championships and rushed for 3,130 career yards and 35 touchdowns.
Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider
Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.
Check out our partners at TiqIQ for the best deals on all games on the 2014 NFL schedule.
SEP 02 Jeff Fedotin
Kansas City re-signs Smith, stashes young backup QBs on roster.
AUG 28 Joel Corry
Between injuries, trades and positional battles, the financial landscape for several key players has shifted dramatically.
AUG 26 Joel Corry
The highly productive Dallas wideout is headed for a big-time payday.