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Browns Trade Trent Richardson To Colts

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Jamie Sabau

Well, it appears that the Minnesota Vikings are going to have one less thing to worry about when they host the Cleveland Browns this weekend, as the team from the shores of Lake Erie shocked the football world on Wednesday night.

The Browns have sent running back Trent Richardson, who was the #3 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, to the Indianapolis Colts. In exchange, the Browns will receiver Indy's first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

RIchardson, who was selected #3 overall by Cleveland in 2012 after they traded a fourth-round, fifth-round, and seventh-round pick to Minnesota for the right to move up one spot, rushed for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns as a rookie. As it stands now, Chris Ogbonnaya and Bobby Rainey are the only running backs on the Cleveland roster, though the team did announce they were working out long-time veteran Willis McGahee.

With the Browns having their struggles at quarterback, announcing that third-stringer Bobby Hoyer would get the start at the Metrodome this Sunday, I thought that the Browns were going to have to lean a lot on Richardson offensively. Now that he's out of the picture, one would think that this would make things markedly easier for the Vikings. Hopefully, for an 0-2 team that's staring at the abyss, that will be the case.