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September 18, 2013

Colts make bold move for Browns' Richardson

Indianapolis deals first-round pick for second-year running back

INDIANAPOLIS — Ryan Grigson's 16th trade with the Indianapolis Colts was his boldest.

By far.

The Colts on Wednesday traded their 2014 first-round pick to the Cleveland Browns for second-year running back Trent Richardson.

The deal was preceded by a few cryptic tweets from owner Jim Irsay about a "monster trade" that would "shock" Indianapolis fans. And the deal certainly lived up to the hype.

Opinion quickly came pouring in from all corners, with many Browns expressing surprise at the transaction on their Twitter accounts and several Colts happily welcoming Richardson to the team.

Indianapolis had been searching for a running back since starter Vick Ballard was lost for the season to a knee injury last week. Cleveland chief executive officer Joe Banner said talks began Tuesday, and the deal was quickly consummated.

Richardson has rushed 298 times for 1,055 yards and 11 touchdowns in 17 career games. He also has 58 receptions for 418 yards and one touchdown.

The No. 3 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft — two spots behind Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck — he helped Alabama win national championships in 2009 and 2011 while playing alongside Colts nose tackle Josh Chapman.

Banner and general manager Mike Lombardi were not in charge, however, when Cleveland traded up to pick Richardson. The running back was not an ideal fit for first-year head coach Rob Chudzinski's offense, and the Browns now will have two first-round picks in which to continue their rebuild next spring.

For Indianapolis, Richardson represents another piece for a young offense that is stockpiling weapons. He'll join Luck, wide receiver T.Y. Hilton and tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen as second-year stars for the Colts.

It will be awhile, however, before Richardson plays his first game alongside Allen.

The Colts announced earlier Wednesday that the former Clemson star will undergo season-ending hip surgery. Allen was injured on a third-down play in a Week 1 victory against Oakland.

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