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03/17/15 - RB Trent Richardson landed with his third team in his brief NFL career, signing as a free agent with the Raiders Tuesday (March 17).
Richardson, who was released last week by the Indianapolis Colts after an unproductive 1 1/2 seasons, said he met with the Raiders on Monday night and the next day received a two-year, $3.9 million contract, according to NFL Network.
He sees the Raiders as a chance for a fresh start after mostly struggling in his first three seasons.
"I know this playbook already, especially when it comes to the run," Richardson said. "I know what they expect and how they're going to spread the field, putting me in a position to be successful. With that, in talking to coach (Jack Del Rio), he just said there is just a lot of opportunity out here. He said he isn't going to promise me anything, but if I come in and work, I can be that bell cow."
Last season, Richardson played in 15 games and started 12 for the Colts, finishing with 519 yards rushing on 159 carries for a 3.3-yard average. The 24 year old lost his starting job during the season and was suspended during the postseason.
"From the beginning, trying to fit into their program, it was different for me," Richardson said Tuesday. "For me, it was more of me being an all-time blocker. There's nothing wrong with blocking, but I still want to be able to help the team in different types of ways.
"I don't look at it as a bad thing. I just think it was a bad marriage. With that, I don't blame the O-line or anybody else. At the end of the day, I can still get better and I'm going to be working my tail off and trying to be the best running back now."
Richardson joined the Colts in October 2013 after the team gave up a first-round draft pick in a deal with the Cleveland Browns.
"I spent the whole year, just wondering, why in the world and how in the world did I get traded," Richardson said. "Looking back at it, even if they said it was a business move, in my head, it's still
03/12/15 - In a move long expected, the Colts waived running back Trent Richardson Thursday (March 12).
Richardson seemingly had worn out his welcome in Indianapolis long before the Colts signed running back Frank Gore this week.
Asked about Richardson at the Scouting Combine last month, general manager Ryan Grigson declined to address his future with the team.
"Those are team decisions and we'll have those in house. We'll look at everything," Grigson said.
Richardson was suspended two games by the team before the AFC Championship Game loss to the New England Patriots due to failure to communicate with the team about why he missed a walkthrough practice. He cited a family emergency, which was related to his girlfriend facing potential complications with her pregnancy, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Richardson, 24, was acquired from the Cleveland Browns for a first-round pick in 2013. In 29 games with Indianapolis, he rushed for 977 yards and six touchdowns, averaging just 3.1 yards per carry.
The Browns drafted him in the first round in 2012, and he played 17 games over two seasons, amassing 1,055 yards and 11 touchdowns on 298 carries (3.5-yard average).
01/20/15 - RB Trent Richardson, who did not make the trip to New England Sunday for the AFC Championship Game after missing the team's Saturday walkthrough because of a family personal issue, was suspended by the club.
01/19/15 - RB Trent Richardson did not make the trip to New England due to an undisclosed personal issue. When asked Monday, head coach Chuck Pagano would only say "personal issue." Richardson was inactive for the final two games of the playoffs. He missed the team's walkthrough Saturday because of the family emergency.
01/12/15 - RB Trent Richardson was a healthy inactive prior to the Denver game. Richardson was inactive while RB Michael Hill, who had been signed to the active roster, earlier in the week was up for the Broncos game.
Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said Hill's ability to play on special teams was the deciding factor.