Trent Richardson’s new NFL home has all the features he’s wanted.
The Colts expect their newest player to become a workhorse running back, grow alongside a young franchise quarterback, and carry them into the playoffs for years to come. It’s a big change from Cleveland’s perpetual rebuilding project.
One day after the Browns called Richardson to say he’d been dealt for a first-round draft pick in 2014, Richardson arrived to a locker room that had his new teammates hooting and hollering and a horde of reporters hanging on every word.
‘‘It’s another chapter in my life and with that I’m going to have a chip on my shoulder,’’ Richardson said. ‘‘I am going to play football like I know how to play football. However it goes with the Browns, good luck to the Browns the rest of the season, but other than that, I’ve got to be here playing football.’’
The Colts (1-1) gave up a draft pick they hope will come at the end of the first round next year to obtain the 5-foot-9-inch, 225-pound Alabama alum. Cleveland gave away three picks to move up one spot and take Richardson just last year. He never quite fit the newest offensive system in Cleveland.
Indy now has a quarterback, Andrew Luck, and a running back, Richardson, who were both Heisman Trophy finalists less than 24 months ago and were ranked by most scouting departments as the best players at their positions coming out of college.
For Colts GM Ryan Grigson, the deal was too good to pass up. He and Cleveland CEO Joe Banner, who worked together in Philadelphia, started talking this week and it didn’t take long for Grigson to work something out. It’s his 16th trade since coming to Indy in 2012.
‘‘You always want to surround a great player like Andrew with weapons, and we had a need at running back,’’ Grigson said. ‘‘So we went out and got one.’’
McGahee signs on
The Browns signed free agent running back Willis McGahee, giving them a capable veteran to replace Richardson. McGahee, 31, who spent last season with Denver, passed his physical Thursday as the Browns were practicing. A two-time Pro Bowl selection, McGahee led the Broncos with 731 rushing yards last season. He’s been a remarkably durable back during his nine-year NFL career despite suffering a serious knee injury in his final game in college at Miami. McGahee has rushed for 8,097 yards with Buffalo, Baltimore, and Denver, which released him in June . . . Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is still nursing a sore right shoulder and is listed as limited after being sacked five times last week . . . Falcons receiver Roddy White (ankle sprain) has returned to practice while cornerback Asante Samuel (thigh) and offensive tackle Sam Baker (knee, foot) were held out for the second straight day with injuries. Atlanta running back Steven Jackson (hamstring) will miss at least one week . . . Chargers rookie right tackle D.J. Fluker was unable to practice, one day after suffering a concussion in practice. Fluker, the team’s top pick, had started the first two games.