CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Browns have traded running back Trent Richardson for the Indianapolis Colts first-round 2014 NFL Draft pick, the team announced on Wednesday.
Richardson was Cleveland’s first-round pick and the third overall in the 2012 draft. This comes just after head coach Rob Chudzinski named third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer as the starter for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.
“Trent’s a great player and we expect him to have success in this league,” said Browns CEO Joe Banner. “Right now, based on how we’re building this team for sustainable success, we’re going to be aggressive and do what it takes to assemble a team that consistently wins.”
"I just like to play football. At the end of the day, I'm going to play football like I've always been coached. The way I've always played. I'm going to be physical, fast, I'm going to be up-tempo, I'm going to be the one who's trying to lead by example," Richardson said during an interview with Minnesota reporters earlier on Wednesday.
"No matter what, that's a big reason why I fought through injury last year with broken ribs and two knee surgeries, because I know that being a first-round pick what the expectations are of you, and me being the man that I am, the athlete I am, I'm not going to sit down unless my legs are broke."
The Browns also announced they are bringing in running back Willis McGahee for a physical. The two-year Pro Bowler is in his 11th year in the NFL.