We all shook our heads at our electronic devices and televisions yesterday when we heard the unbelievable news.
Trent Richardson, star running back of the Cleveland Browns, traded to Indianapolis for a first round draft pick in 2014.
Before we go off and criticize management on this decision, many feel that this actually benefits the Browns in the long run. Here are a few reasons why.
Trent Richardson was often injured, and is a power back that is designed to run through holes in the defensive line generated by the offensive line. This combination doesn't go well with the Browns, who still lack some talent in that department, and are an injury prone team. Indianapolis would have a much better shot at giving Richardson the career he desires.
Another thing to take into consideration is what we got in exchange. Indianapolis gave up their first round pick to secure Richardson. First round draft picks are NFL gold. We have two of them in this upcoming draft, and a total of ten picks altogether. The Browns are hungry for a new quarterback, and are expected to draft heavy on offense and secondary players.
Could Johnny Manziel be one of these picks? It looks like it, and if he's as good in the NFL as he in in college, we might be willing to do what the Cavaliers did to obtain LeBron James.
In conclusion, this trade, while it seems ridiculous to many, should prove good in the long run for Cleveland. The Browns are showing promise with two close losses, and the improvements on defense as seen in this new era of team leadership are beginning to show, so let's hold on, support them, and see what they can do with this team that is being built from within.