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Trent Richardson | Running Back

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 230
College: Alabama
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Raiders coach Jack Del Rio confirmed Trent Richardson is on the active/NFI list and not practicing because he reported overweight.
Or, at least over the weight threshold the Raiders set for T-Rich before training camp. "Trent is here," Del Rio said. "He came back very close to the weight, which was a pretty ambitious goal to get to. He’s down in the low 220s. That’s what we asked of him. That’s where he was." Richardson has missed the first three days of camp. He's seen as 50-50 to make the roster. Aug 2 - 11:36 PM
Source: Raider Beat

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport was told Trent Richardson has a "50 percent" chance of making the Raiders' 53-man roster.

T-Rich opened training camp on the active/NFI list, suggesting he failed his conditioning test. Latavius Murray and Roy Helu are locks for the 53, while FB Marcel Reece can handle the load in a pinch. Richardson may be competing directly with UDFA Michael Dyer for a roster spot. Until T-Rich gets back on the practice field, his odds are going to appear even less than 50:50.
Aug 2 - 5:48 PM

Raiders placed RB Trent Richardson on the active/NFI list.

No explanation has been given yet, but we should get details soon. It seems likely Richardson failed to pass his conditioning test. The San Francisco Chronicle recently passed along "whispers" that the Raiders' flyer on T-Rich is "not going so well." Richardson appears to be squarely on the roster bubble.
Jul 31 - 2:20 PM

The San Francisco Chronicle passes along "whispers" that the Raiders' reclamation flyer on Trent Richardson is "not going so well."

Beat writer Vic Tafur doesn't elaborate beyond that. In early July, OL coach Mike Tice stated T-Rich shed weight this offseason, helping some of his old quickness to return. More-objective observers of Raiders practice must not have seen much from Richardson in the way of positives. Owed only $600,000 in guaranteed money on his two-year, $3.85 million deal, Richardson would be easy to cut.
Jul 30 - 1:00 AM

According to Raiders OL coach Mike Tice, Trent Richardson shed weight this offseason, which helped some of his quickness to return.

We've been pining for T-Rich to shed weight for years. It sounds like he's finally done so, and according to Tice it showed during the offseason program. "I thought the young man out of Alabama came on," said Tice. "He lost some weight, his quickness came around." Richardson is battling Roy Helu and Latavius Murray for snaps in Oakland's backfield. In all likelihood, Murray will be the Week 1 starter with Helu playing on passing downs.
Jul 5 - 3:37 PM

Trent Richardson's two-year contract contains just $600,000 in guaranteed money.

This is standard for lower-level free agents. The Raiders will keep Richardson through the offseason. If they don't like what they see, they'll eat the $600,000 and move on. The T-Rich signing was probably a best-case scenario for Latavius Murray' odds of winning Oakland's feature back role. It will likely discourage the Raiders from using an early draft pick at running back.
Mar 20 - 12:25 PM

Trent Richardson says the Colts' system "just didn't fit me."

"I just think it was a bad marriage," Richardson said. We'd argue anyone is a fit for a system where Andrew Luck is inviting soft fronts, but Richardson is correct that he never seemed to fully grasp OC Pep Hamilton's scheme. Still, the main problems were arguably Richardson's weight, and his poor decisions on the field. Richardson was prone to the wrong cut in Indy, a major issue for someone who's been so slow off the line. We don't have high hopes for his time in Oakland.
Mar 17 - 10:31 PM

New Raiders RB Trent Richardson's two-year deal is worth $3.9 million, with another $4.1 million available through incentives.

In other words, it's more than flier money. Unless the Raiders were facing some unknown competition for Richardson's services, it's an extremely surprising contract. Going on 25, Richardson has averaged 3.30 yards across his 614 career carries. Those are astoundingly bad numbers for any running back, let alone a former No. 3 overall pick. It will be a real shame if Richardson cuts into Latavius Murray's opportunities to establish himself as the Raiders' No. 1 back.
Mar 17 - 1:31 PM

Raiders signed RB Trent Richardson, formerly of the Colts.

Why not? Richardson is likely coming at the league minimum with little to no guaranteed money. The Raiders will give him a look-see during OTAs and see if he can make it to training camp with the club. It's a bit concerning for Latavius Murray owners that the Raiders seem hellbent on adding bodies at running back, but we wouldn't consider Richardson a real threat until he shows something on the field.
Mar 17 - 12:44 PM

The Titans are expected to "kick the tires" on free agent Trent Richardson once he clears waivers.

They won't be the only ones. Nobody is going to claim Richardson off waivers with his $3 million-plus salary, but once he clears there will likely be a handful of options. He won't command any guaranteed money and is still just 24 years old. Richardson talks a big game but has yet to back it up on the field.
Mar 13 - 11:33 AM

Colts waived RB Trent Richardson.

The move closes the book on the worst trade in recent memory. Acquired for a first-round pick in September 2013, T-Rich ended up averaging a pathetic 3.09 yards per carry on his 316 Colts totes. In between were weight and attitude problems. Whoever split the backfield with Richardson inevitably ran circles around him. T-Rich is still only 25 (in July), but due $3.184 million, he'll safely clear waivers. He'll have to be open to minimum contracts, and won't be assured of a 53-man roster spot wherever he ends up.
Mar 12 - 5:10 PM

ESPN's Mike Wells doesn't see any way the Colts can repair their relationship with Trent Richardson.

Richardson is owed a guaranteed $3.18 million, but the Colts can void his salary due to a team-imposed suspension. He remains a strong candidate to be cut despite a looming NFLPA battle. Releasing Richardson would leave Dan Herron, Zurlon Tipton, and Vick Ballard as the Colts' only running backs.
Feb 28 - 5:23 PM

Sources tell the Indianapolis Star Trent Richardson's absence from the Colts' walk-through and team flight before the AFC Championship Game was due to "serious complications" with his girlfriend's pregnancy.

Per the sources, T-Rich's girlfriend was "experiencing contractions and appeared to be in premature labor at just 28 weeks of pregnancy." That would certainly be a valid reason to miss a walk-through, but sources say T-Rich didn't alert the team in a "timely manner." It's an important issue, as Richardson's resulting suspension means his fully guaranteed $3.184 million for 2015 could be voided. If the Colts take that step, they'll undoubtedly have a fight on their hands.
Feb 17 - 7:36 PM

Sources tell ESPN's Mike Wells that Trent Richardson struggled with weight issues last season and was "difficult to get in touch with."

Listed at 225, T-Rich reportedly ballooned all the way up to 240, and was seen running sprints after practice to work on his "conditioning." The Colts were also miffed when Richardson missed the team's walk-though the day before the AFC Championship Game. That earned Richardson a two-game suspension. The Colts can void the $3.1 million in guaranteed money Richardson is owed next season, though the Players Association would probably appeal that decision. Either way, the mega-bust isn't long for Indy.
Feb 9 - 1:40 PM

Former agent Joel Corry confirms Trent Richardson's suspension voids the guarantees on his $3.18M 2015 base salary.

Richardson was suspended during the playoffs for conduct detrimental to the team. He'll likely file a grievance through the NFLPA, but if the suspension stands then the Colts can dump their inept running back without paying him the final year of his guaranteed rookie contract. It would be a tiny silver lining for the franchise, who gave the Browns a first-round pick to acquire Richardson early in the 2013 season. He's been outperformed badly by players named Boom Herron and Zurlon Tipton.
Jan 27 - 10:28 AM

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Skill Players
QB1Derek Carr
2Matt McGloin
3Christian Ponder
4Cody Fajardo
RB1Latavius Murray
2Roy Helu
3Trent Richardson
4Michael Dyer
5Taiwan Jones
GLB1Latavius Murray
2Roy Helu
3RB1Roy Helu
2Latavius Murray
FB1Marcel Reece
2Jamize Olawale
WR11Amari Cooper
2Andre Holmes
3Kenbrell Thompkins
4Kris Durham
5Josh Harper
WR21Michael Crabtree
2Rod Streater
3Brice Butler
4Seth Roberts
5Trindon Holliday
WR31Rod Streater
TE1Mychal Rivera
2Clive Walford
3Lee Smith
4Brian Leonhardt
5Gabe Holmes
K1Sebastian Janikowski
2Giorgio Tavecchio