Much like the four donuts he had for breakfast, Trent Richardson is finished. Freshly cut by the Raiders, Richardson is a free agent once again after signing a two-year deal earlier this off-season. Don’t worry about Richardson though – he keeps the $600,000 in guaranteed money, while still collecting $3.2 million in the last year of his rookie deal courtesy of the Colts. That rookie contract, of course, was a result of the Cleveland Browns using (wasting) the third overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft to choose him out of Alabama. The precipitous drop that has culminated in this release is a story unto itself.
Remember the Times
“Richardson is as compact and coiled an athlete as the position has seen since Adrian Peterson.”
“He has the rare combination to ram through linebackers and run away from defensive backs.”
“He’s like a Marshawn Lynch with speed and elusiveness…”
These were just a snippet of the praise given to Richardson during the NFL Draft process. Those who failed to see him at Alabama are undoubtedly wondering why anyone would bring up Peterson or Lynch when looking at Richardson. Let’s look at the following run: