Twitter erupted earlier today in the wake of the blockbuster trade between the Browns and Colts yesterday. The Browns dealt former 3rd overall pick and stud Running Back Trent Richardson to the Colts for their 2014 1st round draft pick. To the common football fan this seems like an outlandish trade because Richardson was the 3rd overall pick two years ago and the 1st round pick the Browns are getting in return for him will most likely be of a lower value. This is true, but certain factors have to be taken into account as to why both teams won this trade.
Why The Colts Won The Trade
Ever since last years regime came in and put together a whole new-look Colts in Indy, they will be considered a playoff threat for a long time. The Colts are in a “win within the next 2-3 years” mindset. Adding a young back who has the potential to be one of the best in the league will add a whole new dimension to this offense. There isn’t a Running Back in the 2014 draft class that will compare to Richardson as well, and he’s only two years removed from the draft. Overall, this will open up the Colts run and pass game for years to come.
Why The Browns Also Won The Trade
Anderson, Quinn, McCoy, Weeden, this is a short list of Quarterbacks who couldn’t produce for the Browns. Cleveland has had a QB drought for roughly two decades and is looking to end it with the 2014 draft. The upcoming draft class includes a crop of extremely talented QB’s such as Teddy Bridgewater, Marcus Mariota, Tajh Boyd, Brett Hundley, and Johnny Manziel that could rival the heralded 2012 class that included Andrew Luck, RG3, Russell Wilson, and Ryan Tannehill. Mike Lombardi is loading up on picks to solidify his chances of making sure one of these QB’s is in a Browns uniform in 2014. In my opinion the Browns did the right thing in dealing Richardson because an All Pro RB won’t single handedly win a Super Bowl but an All Pro QB will.