No. 3 overall draft pick RB Trent Richardson is getting another shot despite two straight down years with his two prior teams.
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The Oakland Raiders have signed former Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson to a two-year deal worth up to $4 million.
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) March 17, 2015
NFL.com insider Ian Rapoport reported on the terms of the deal shortly after the official announcement was made by the Raiders organization.
#Raiders sign RB Trent Richardson to a 2-year worth $3.9M total, source said. It can go up to $4M per year based on incentives.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2015
With the retirement of RB Maurice Jones-Drew and the release of RB Darren McFadden, the Raiders are starved for bodies at the RB position and are not in any position to make a trade for Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson even if they wanted to.
The No. 3 overall pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 2012 NFL draft after a stellar career with the Alabama Crimson Tide, Richardson was one of the top rookie RBs of 2012, recording over 1,300 yards from scrimmage and 12 TDs. But the following season the Browns traded Richardson to the Colts (for a pick that would become QB Johnny Manziel in the 2014 draft) after just two games and his production fell off a cliff. In 14 games with the Colts Richardson recorded just 458 yards and 3 TDs in 2013. The following season his play deteriorated into a 519 yard, 3 TD season that included him being suspended from the team during their playoff run.
In 29 games with the Colts from 2013 to 2014, Richardson recorded just 977 rushing yards and 7 TDs – both worse numbers than what he put up in just 17 games with the Browns from 2012 to early 2013 (1,055 yards and 12 TDs).