It’s starting to look like no matter what the Indianapolis Colts do to try and help running back Trent Richardson turn into a viable player, it’s not going to work.
The former third overall pick in the 2012 draft has been a complete dud. Which is exactly why the Cleveland Browns traded him away to the Colts last season.
For some reason Indy thought giving up a first round pick for Richardson was a good idea. They also thought Edgerrin James mentoring him would help and so far we have the same results that we did from last season. A running back that can’t even crack an average of four yards per carry for a given season.
There have been times in which Richardson will put up over four yards a carry during a game, but that happens every few games and is not consistent enough for any team to consider having him on their roster.
Richardson has only broken 100 yards in a game three times and it happened during his rookie season in Cleveland.
You could make the argument that the Colts offensive line simply isn’t do it’s job in opening up holes in the running game. While veteran Ahmad Bradshaw is averaging over five yards per carry, he’s a lot more shifty and can change directions much faster.
Richardson is scheduled to make $3,184,062 in 2015, which happens to be the final year of his contract.
The good news is that the Colts can afford to keep him since they’re currently slated to have over $33 million in cap room for the 2015 season.
The problem is that Richardson isn’t even worth half of his contract with the way he’s been playing. And with running backs being a dime a dozen in the NFL, the Colts would probably get nothing for Richardson if they attempted to trade him.
At the end of the day it seems like all Indianapolis can do is hope that Richardson gets it together this season or next and finally live up to expectations.
Let us know below what the Colts do with Richardson after this season.