Originally Posted by Yachtzee
I think the problem with this trade is that Browns management appears to be telling the players and fans they're already throwing in the towel and thinking about next season, even when it's not your intent. You never want the players or fans to think that. This kind of stuff reminds me of the dark days of the Bengals, when players couldn't wait to get out of town when their contracts were up and the games were blacked out because they couldn't sell out.
This doesn't strike me as a next year move. I'd think it has to go deeper than that. Richardson has played one season in the NFL and many have called him the 2nd most talented back in the NFL behind AP. I'd have thought he would still be the centerpiece to a next year strategy.
There has to be more to this than meets the eye. The Cleveland brass had to have soured on richardson and this makes me wonder what they know that the rest of us don't. This just seems really suspicious to me.