Browns deal Richardson to Colts, plan to sign McGahee

In a stunning move, the Browns have sent running back Trent Richardson to Indianapolis in exchange for a first-round pick next year.

Cleveland selected Richardson third overall in 2012, when the team was owned by Randy Lerner and led by Mike Holmgren, Tom Heckert, and Pat Shurmur.

But the Browns are now under new ownership and leadership, and GM Mike Lombardi has shipped out the centerpiece of his team's offense.

To fill Richardson's spot, Cleveland is expected to sign old friend Willis McGahee, who took a physical with them on Wednesday.

The former Alabama star is said to be "shocked" and "upset" by the news, but once he wraps his head around the prospect of playing with Andrew Luck instead of (current Browns QB), here's guessing he'll be more than fine with the relocation.

And speaking of Luck, how happy is he right about now?

Links

  • Doug Farrar on what the trade says about the Browns' mindset
  • Chris Burke considers the deal from Indy's perspective
  • Brian Burke says Richardson's stats don't suggest he's a game changer
  • Frank Schwab thinks the Browns have made a terrible mistake

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