In one of the most shocking in-season trades in NFL history, sophomore running back Trent Richardson has been dealt from the Cleveland Browns to the Indianapolis Colts.
Only 16 months ago, Richardson entered the league as the most highly-touted rookie back since Adrian Peterson, but there's a new regime in Cleveland now -- one that has zero ties to that Richardson selection and clearly doesn't believe he's worth turning down a first-round selection.
They might be bang-on. Running backs are becoming less and less valuable in this pass-heavy league. Their shelf lives are short and they're often replaceable. Richardson has already dealt with a slew of nagging injuries the last year and a half, and he's averaging an abysmal 3.5 yards per carry 17 starts into his career.
Vick Ballard, who was drafted in the fifth round last year and is already on the Indy roster, had a more productive rookie campaign than Richardson. He's on injured reserve now, but is the gap between Ahmad Bradsha...