Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: Richardson gets the break of his pro career
by Mark Edwards
Sep 18, 2013 | 989 views |  0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleveland has traded Trent Richardson (33) to Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
Cleveland has traded Trent Richardson (33) to Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
Trent Richardson hit the jackpot Wednesday when the Cleveland Browns gave him his release from NFL jail and traded him to the Indianapolis Colts.

It isn’t so much about Cleveland … well, actually it is. A bad franchise with a bad quarterback situation is a bad place for a good running back such as Richardson to be.

The career of good running backs never lasts as long as we would like, and by the time the Browns actually rebuild into a solid team, Richardson will be drawing Social Security.

Cleveland has had losing seasons in each of the last five years, nine of the last 10, and 13 of the last 15. The Browns haven’t made the playoffs since 2002, when Richardson was in sixth grade. The last time the Browns won a playoff game was 1994 when their defensive coordinator was Nick Saban.

They haven’t won an NFL championship since 1964 when Jim Brown still was playing, and the Super Bowl still was two years away from becoming a reality. Since then, they’ve had two brief runs at greatness, but they’re known mostly for heartbreakingly falling one game short of the Super Bowl in consecutive seasons in 1968-69 and 1986-87.

The Colts aren’t perfect. They need some help on the offensive line, but they’ve got a potentially great quarterback in Andrew Luck, who is only 24, and Richardson, who is only 22. Also, they’ve got a bright talent at receiver in T.Y. Hilton, who is 23.

Whatever Indianapolis’ issues might be, at least it isn’t Cleveland.

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.

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