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.
"The question was whether or not he fit the offense and it really has nothing to do with Trent from that standpoint," Chudzinski said. "The opportunity as an organization was there for us to have a chance to get better ultimately. It felt like it was the right decision."
"Trent's a great player and we expect him to have success in this league," said Browns CEO Joe Banner in a news release. "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."
Richardson seemed unaware about a possible trade earlier in the day when he spoke to Minnesota reporters.
"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.
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.