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Browns trade Trent Richardson to Colts

  • In this Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, photo, Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson carries the ball during an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore. The Browns have traded Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in a surprise move less than two years after drafting him in the first round. The Browns (0-2), struggling on offense under new coach Rob Chudzinski, announced the move Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 18. They will also bring in veteran running back Willis McGahee for a physical. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

    In this Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, photo, Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson carries the ball during an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore. The Browns have traded Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in a surprise move less than two years after drafting him in the first round. The Browns (0-2), struggling on offense under new coach Rob Chudzinski, announced the move Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 18. They will also bring in veteran running back Willis McGahee for a physical. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

  • In this Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, photo, Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson carries the ball during an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore. The Browns have traded Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in a surprise move less than two years after drafting him in the first round. The Browns (0-2), struggling on offense under new coach Rob Chudzinski, announced the move Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 18. They will also bring in veteran running back Willis McGahee for a physical. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

    In this Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, photo, Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson carries the ball during an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore. The Browns have traded Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in a surprise move less than two years after drafting him in the first round. The Browns (0-2), struggling on offense under new coach Rob Chudzinski, announced the move Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 18. They will also bring in veteran running back Willis McGahee for a physical. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

  • In this Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, photo, Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson carries the ball during an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore. The Browns have traded Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in a surprise move less than two years after drafting him in the first round. The Browns (0-2), struggling on offense under new coach Rob Chudzinski, announced the move Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 18. They will also bring in veteran running back Willis McGahee for a physical. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
  • In this Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, photo, Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson carries the ball during an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore. The Browns have traded Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in a surprise move less than two years after drafting him in the first round. The Browns (0-2), struggling on offense under new coach Rob Chudzinski, announced the move Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 18. They will also bring in veteran running back Willis McGahee for a physical. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Richardson dealt to Colts

The Cleveland Browns traded running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts yesterday, a stunning move just two games into this season and only one year after drafting him in the first round.

Richardson was dealt for a first-round selection in next year’s draft, when the Browns will have two opening-round picks. Cleveland is rebuilding and the team hopes to use that pick to help turn around a floundering franchise mired in losing for more than a decade.

Such a turnaround was what the Browns had in mind when they took Richardson with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 draft.

But Richardson apparently didn’t fit into the plans of Cleveland’s front office or new Coach Rob Chudzinski’s offensive system.

The Browns are bringing in free agent running back Willis McGahee for a physical and will sign him if he passes.

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