Trent Richardson’s new NFL home has all the features he’s wanted.
The Colts expect their newest player to become a workhorse running back, grow alongside a young franchise quarterback and carry them into the playoffs for years to come. It’s a big change from Cleveland’s perpetual rebuilding project.
One day after the Browns called Richardson to say he’d been dealt for a first-round draft pick in 2014, Richardson arrived to a locker room that had his new teammates hooting and hollering and a horde of reporters hanging on every word.
“It’s another chapter in my life and with that I’m going to have a chip on my shoulder,” Richardson said. “I am going to play football like I know how to play football. However it goes with the Browns, good luck to the Browns the rest of the season, but other than that, I’ve got to be here playing football.”
The Colts (1-1) gave up a draft pick they hope will come at the end of the first round next year to obtain the 5-foot-9, 225-pound Alabama alum. Cleveland gave away three picks to move up one spot and take Richardson just last year. He never quite fit the newest offensive system in Cleveland.
Indy now has a quarterback, Andrew Luck, and a running back, Richardson, who were both Heisman Trophy finalists less than 24 months ago and were ranked by most scouting departments as the best players at their positions coming out of college.
Around the league
Browns • Cleveland signed free agent running back Willis McGahee. The 31-year-old McGahee, who spent last season with Denver, passed his physical Thursday as the Browns were practicing. He brings much-needed experience after the Browns dealt Richardson to Indianapolis.
Dolphins • Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is still nursing a sore right shoulder that has limited his practice time, and cornerback Dimitri Patterson has had a setback in his recovery from a groin injury. The Dolphins said Tannehill’s status was unchanged Thursday. He was limited Wednesday after being sacked five times last week at Indianapolis.
Chargers • Right tackle D.J. Fluker was unable to practice Thursday, one day after suffering a concussion in practice. Fluker had started the first two games for San Diego.