Originally written on Know It All Football  |  Last updated 9/20/13
The Cleveland Browns sent shockwaves through the NFL this week when they traded second-year running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts just two weeks into the regular season. The Browns received Indianapolis’ 1st round draft pick in 2014 in exchange for Richardson, but that hasn’t stopped some fans and a former executive from questioning the move. The reality is that this trade has several big-picture implications, not just for the Browns but for the National Football League in general. Let’s take a look at what the Trent Richardson trade actually means. The days of the franchise running back are all but dead – We’ve seen this coming for quite some time. NFL teams have finally figured out that the wear and tear put on the position is too much for one man to carry the load for each team and go through a season unscathed. Running back platoons are the way of the future. The result is less money spent individually on running backs and the eventual disappearance (as we saw ...
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