If you were surprised to hear the Colts had acquired Browns running back Trent Richardson through a high-stakes trade, you're not alone. The Browns shipped Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts Thursday in exchange for a 1st round, 2014 draft pick.
The move may well work out for both teams involved, but there's no doubt there's two different strategies at work here. The Colts clearly see a need to provide Andrew Luck with a better running attack. That's probably not a bad idea, especially considering how much pressure Andrew Luck has on his shoulders without a legitimate running game. Richardson should alleviate some of those problems.
The Colts' strategy here is simple. They want to be competitive now. In addition, they're willing to pay big to get there. Frankly, Richardson isn't worth a first round pick. He was touted as the next big runner when he entered the league, but with little in the way of support on the Browns' offense, he never really got going with Cleveland.