As a dad I find it really hard to focus on the important things, like 10 hours of non-stop football on Saturdays and Sundays. It's REALLY annoying... I kid of course. For full disclosure here are my sports allegiances: Boston Red Sox, Tar Heels basketball, Georgia Bulldogs football and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I am also a staunch supporter of the return of the Charlotte Hornets! I'm always objective, it just turns out the TRUTH is always on my team's side. I can't help it.
Some people call me a Half-back, I refer to myself as a Hybrid. One parent from the north, the other from the south resulting in my love for sweet and unsweet tea. Just like most Americans, sports are my escape. Those who cannot do (anymore), critique and debate. So I share my love of sports with you all. GO DETROIT!
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This week the Cleveland Browns traded Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2014 first round draft pick. If you can recall, Richardson was their first round draft pick of LAST YEARS DRAFT! I thought it was a joke at first. I went to multiple sports sources to verify that this was in fact true. This, hilariously sad truth, seems to be the beginnings of a trend with teams in Cleveland. I understand that Lebron James was not traded from the Cavaliers, but it could be argued that his departure was the team's fault for not surrounding him with enough talent to win. That's much like Barry Sanders retiring from football because he wasn't surrounded by enough talent to win in the playoffs.
What bothers me about the trade is what we don't know about the situation. So many things in the NFL are kept in-house with the teams. What did the Browns see or not see in Richardson? Were they dumping him off on someone else while his stock was high? The jury is obviously still out about the kid. Hell, it's two games into his second year in the league. There is some debate on whether he is a three down back or a change of pace back. Maybe the Browns saw him as a change of pace and hated wasting a #3 overall pick on that. They certainly have put themselves in an ideal situation for the 2014 draft with two picks in each of the first three rounds and they have plenty of options in free agency. The Browns took one of two obvious choices to replace Richardson by signing Willis McGahee. Michael Turner would've been another option.