If you play Fantasy Football, then last night was a big night for you. Whether you own Trent Richardson, are scheduled to play against him, or scrambled to grab the Vikings D/ST before anyone else knew what was going on (I’m looking at you, Chris Jones), the huge news from Wednesday was the Browns opting to trade the former #3 pick to Indianapolis for a first-round selection in next year’s draft.
The move was obviously a boon for the Colts, who have been looking to cultivate a running game to complement sophomore Andrew Luck. With Richardson’s power in the backfield, Luck will have a lot more openings and a ton of opportunities to throw over the top while linebackers stack the box. It makes sense for Indy.
But Cleveland? Long mired in ineptitude, many chalked this trade up to “Cleveland being Cleveland.” Meaning, “idiots.” People talk about the Cleveland Browns the same way your aunt talks about her neighbor. ESPN analysts might as well put “Bless its heart” before any story about the Browns, but surprisingly, this move isn’t getting panned.
And it’s because of Teddy Bridgewater.
Well, maybe not just for Teddy, but c’mon. He’s the top quarterback prospect for next year’s draft, in contention with Johnny Manziel and Tajh Boyd. And the Browns are desperately seeking their franchise quarterback after Brandon Weeden got hurt, so it’s no secret that they’re looking to get the QB of the future in the first round.
He’s a rival, sure, but everything coming out of Louisville has only reflected well on him. Plus, what worse fate is their to wish on a rival than playing for the Browns? Looks like this trade was a win-win-win.