Raiders Release Trent Richardson: Former First-Round Pick’s Career Over?

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The Browns selected RB Trent Richardson with the third pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. After a rookie season in which he ran for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns, he played two games for the Browns in 2013 before they surprised the football world by trading Richardson to the Colts for a first-round pick in the 2014 draft. While the Browns front office was criticized for the move at the time, it has proven to be a smart trade in hindsight.

Richardson started eight games for the Colts the rest of 2013, rushing for 458 yards and 3 touchdowns. In 2014, he started 12 games, gaining 519 yards on the ground with  3 scores. His 34.6 yards/game average in 2014 was nearly a 50% drop from the 63.3 yards/game average in his rookie season. By the end of 2014, he was considered by many to be a bust, not living up to the potential you would expect from a first-round draft pick.

After being released by the Colts on March 14, he was signed by the Raiders to a two-year, $3.9 million contract on March 17. Now, not even six months after signing that deal, the Raiders cut Richardson earlier this week. With him not able to make it on a team like the Raiders that can use offensive help, some people are questioning whether Richardson has taken his last snap in the NFL. And then there’s retired NFL player-turned-ESPN NFL analyst Ryan Clark, who yesterday called Richardson the “worst running back of all-time.” Those are strong words.

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