The Cleveland Browns haven't sniffed the Playoffs since Vietnam (estimation) and they won't be getting close in 2013 either. Just two weeks into the season, the Browns unloaded their third overall pick in 2012, in which Richardson was the highest-rated back since Adrien Peterson, to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2014 first-round pick.
The Browns are obviously entering tank-mode. Are they going for Johnny Manziel? Teddy Bridgewater? Jadeveon Clowney? At this point, no one knows, but that has never stopped Twitter from going in.
Well, the last time the Browns had two first-round picks was in 2012 and they worked out juuuuust ... oh.— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) September 18, 2013
Another key starter on the Browns' offense sums up the Trent Richardson trade with one very simple word: "Weird."— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) September 18, 2013
Browns source says Richardson just wasn't a great fit, so getting a 1 was great value. Cleveland now has 2 1's, a 2, 2 3's and 2 4's in '14.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 18, 2013
I'm assuming the Browns want a QB with that 1st rounder but why give up Trent? Browns are gonna have a top 5 pick anyway— D'Brickashaw (@DragonflyJonez) September 18, 2013
Colts acquire RB Trent Richardson from Browns. Colts averaging 3.92 yards per rush since start of 2012, (ranks: 23rd in NFL)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 18, 2013
Note that rookie contract are heavily lopsided in first year. Browns have paid bulk of Richardson contract, over $13 million.— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) September 18, 2013
Say what you want about Richardson's production so far.. Bill Polian believes he's one of the 3 best players from the 2012 draft.— trey wingo (@wingoz) September 18, 2013
Does Trent Richardson have a major issue nobody knows about? http://t.co/OCOMMmP2vS 3rd pick for what will be prob a 15-20 pick? Why?— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) September 18, 2013
If Trent Richardson doesn't fit what you want to do with your offense, CHANGE YOUR OFFENSE.— Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner) September 18, 2013
Teddy Bridgewater is going to force the Browns the trade him for Toaster Strudel.— Serpentine Fire (@CJStarchild) September 18, 2013
Remember when Cleveland traded the 4th pick, and a 4th/5th/7th to make sure the Vikings didn't steal Trent Richardson?— Chase Stuart (@fbgchase) September 18, 2013
this is why Cleveland can't have nice things— Lana Berry (@Lana) September 18, 2013
The overarching truth of Cleveland fanhood is that it ALWAYS gets worse.— Scott Raab (@ScottRaab64) September 18, 2013
Trading Trent Richardson is an actual Cleveland joke. Time to find other things to do with my Sundays.— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) September 18, 2013