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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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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
Source: raiders.com

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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.
Source: ESPN.com
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.
Source: ESPN.com
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

Trent Richardson's suspension will extend to Week 1 of the 2015 season if he remains with the Colts.

The suspension was purportedly for both the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl, but the Colts didn't make it to the Super Bowl. So T-Rich is technically suspended one more game. It's conceivable the Colts could use Richardson's suspension to free themselves from his 2015 guaranteed salary. The guarantees may void if Richardson's conduct was detrimental to the team.
Jan 23 - 1:51 PM

Colts GM Ryan Grigson declined to commit to Trent Richardson being back with the team in 2015.

This comes as a surprise to no one. Grigson also confirmed the Colts suspended Richardson for two games prior to the AFC Championship game loss to the Patriots because of "personal reasons." He wasn't going to play even if the Colts made it to the Super Bowl. Richardson is in real danger of losing his roster spot despite a fully-guaranteed $3.184 million salary. The Colts would be paying him just to make him disappear. Richardson needs to hit the gym this offseason.
Jan 23 - 12:19 PM

Trent Richardson was reportedly suspended for Sunday's AFC Championship Game.

In other words, he wasn't just a healthy scratch. There's not much difference, of course, but it casts doubt on his claim that he missed Saturday's walk-through because of a family emergency. Coach Chuck Pagano declined to elaborate on the situation Monday, saying only T-Rich was out because of "personal reasons." It's looking awful likely that Richardson has played his final snap as a Colt.
Jan 20 - 5:11 PM

Colts coach Chuck Pagano says Trent Richardson was inactive for the AFC Championship Game because of "personal reasons."

It appears Pagano is either buying into or going along with T-Rich's story that he missed Saturday's walk-through because of a family emergency. Either way, Sunday was Richardson's second straight healthy scratch. His time in Indy is likely at an end. Richardson's first order of business as he seeks a second chance will be shedding some weight.
Jan 19 - 5:52 PM