The 0-2 Cleveland Browns have made a statement that they don’t plan on competing during the 2013 season. The team, which has a new front office and coaching staff, waited just two weeks into the regular season to shake things up. Shake things up they did. The Browns traded second year running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for the Colts 2014 first round pick in the NFL Draft.
the Browns seemed committed to running the legs off of Richardson this season. First-year head coach Rob Chudzinski was supposedly going to feature a strong running attack with a deep downfield vertical passing attack. Richardson has just 105 yards on 31 carries so far this season.
This is a great move for the Colts. both QB Andrew Luck and Richardson are in their second season, a core nucleus to build the team around.
The Browns are likely making another shift at the quarterback position as well. Brandon Weeden will not start this week and the team has passed over veteran Jason Campbell in favor of Brian Hoyer. Hoyer is a reported favorite of Browns front office point man, Michael Lombardi.
The Browns have now stockpiled several picks in the first few rounds of next year’s NFL draft. Browns fans which will now suffer through another lost season had better hope that the front office knows what they are doing with those picks after they just traded away a back which was supposed to be the face of the franchise for years to come.