The trade for Trent Richardson on Wednesday evening sent shock waves around the NFL.
In Richardson, the Colts have now upgraded an already record-setting 2012 draft class.
What do some national media members think of the trade?
“All you have to do is watch Richardson to see his potential. He played most of his rookie season with broken ribs.”
“I want my general manager to have the courage of his convictions to make a deal like this one. I want my coach to know he’s got a GM who’s not going to wait until draft day to fix a big problem. I want my players to think, “The front office is doing everything it can do to win now.” And that’s the case in Indianapolis now. How do you think Robert Mathis and Reggie Wayne, who might be in their last season or two, feel about their team this morning? Pretty good, I bet.”
“By trading for Richardson, the Colts immediately bring in a tough-as-nails runner who they can pair with Ahmad Bradshaw. Richardson is a threat between the tackles and has above-average hands coming out of the backfield. Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has been known as a run-first mind since his days at Stanford and having a weapon like the second-year running back is a boon.”
“Those protection issues weren’t solved by the stunning late-day trade for Trent Richardson — you don’t give up a first-round draft pick to acquire one of the league’s best running backs just to pick up a blitzer. But it does signal a desire by the Colts to not stand still, to not cede a season because of some bad luck and — not incidentally — to give offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton the kind of power running game he and Luck had at Stanford.”
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