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Trent Richardson traded to Indianapolis Colts

Trent RichardsonThe Cleveland Browns traded Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday in exchange for a first-round draft pick in 2014. Richardson will take over as Indy’s lead back, moving Ahmad Bradshaw into a backup role. Bradshaw became the full-time back following Vick Ballard’s season-ending knee injury, but his stint as the star was brief.

The trade was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Earlier on Wednesday, Colts owner Jim Irsay hinted on Twitter that a massive trade was coming that was going to alter the landscape of the NFL. Unlike past instances where he has made a huge deal out of nothing, Irsay was not exaggerating.

Trades like this are incredibly rare after the start of the NFL season. By trading Richardson, the Browns will almost certainly be bad enough to land a top-five pick in the 2014 draft. They’ll then have another first-rounder later on, depending on how the Colts finish the season.

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