In the aftermath of the deal, word began to circulate that the new management in Cleveland doesn’t view the running back as an elite talent and didn’t see him as a core piece of the team’s future.
Whatever the case, the Browns made the trade just 510 days after drafting Richardson.
“It was a surprise,” he said. “But at the same time, it’s another chapter in my life, and with that I’m going to have a chip on my shoulder. I am going to play football like I know how to play football. However it goes with the Browns, good luck to the Browns the rest of the season. But other than that, I got to be here playing football. I’m going to make my job the best job it is when it comes to winning.”
Richardson said he already felt a different vibe in Indianapolis’ locker room, and he’s excited about joining a team coming off a playoff appearance.
The Colts (1-1) made the trade with one eye on improving the team’s present and the other on setting the franchise up for long-term success.
“We’re trying to build something special,” Pagano said. “We know we’re trying to build a monster here, and we’re trying to build a program for sustained success for the long haul. So this gives you another opportunity to do that.”