Colts waste no time introducing Trent as Browns fans fume

Colts waste no time introducing Trent as Browns fans fume
Trent arrives at Colts facility on Thursday (Picture Source: Indianapolis Colts)
Trent arrives at Colts facility on Thursday (Picture Source: Indianapolis Colts)

The news has had time to sink in for Browns faithful.

The bombshell was dropped on Wednesday evening - running back Trent Richardson traded to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Richardson said he found out the news like everyone else - on the radio. He said a friend called him with the news, but Richardson didn't believe it until he turned on the radio and heard the news for himself.

"It just hit me in my face, I didn't see it coming."

"It's hard, you know, leaving Cleveland," Richardson added. "It's where I got drafted, made a lot of good friends, lot of family here, you know?"

To the Browns fans, Richardson has nothing but love and respect.

"I hope you all stay behind me 100%, and stay behind the Browns 100%. It's going to be a good program, going to be a good program for awhile once they finally do get to clicking. I appreciate the Browns fans, some of the best fans I have ever been around."

Some Browns fans lauded the bold decision, but a majority are furious with the top brass in Berea and vowing to boycott the team they have followed faithfully for decades. More rebuilding, more waiting until "next year."

Coach Chudzinski did not meet with the players on Wednesday and tell them the trade was going down because it happened after practice. He did, however, call the team captains. Captain D'Qwell Jackson tells 19 Action News now the team has to just pick up the pieces and move on. 

"I think everyone was surprised to a certain extent, but, you know, that's the reality of this business," Jackson said. "You always got to put your hard hat on and come to work. You never never know. I talked to Trent last (Wednesday) night. He was in good spirits. He was disappointed, but I think he's going to a good situation and, you know, we're going to...right now we're just trying to focus on Minnesota, getting that first win."

The Browns have also announced that they plan to bring RB Willis McGahee to Cleveland for a physical.

The Colts, meantime, wasted no time in welcoming Richardson with open arms. The organization Tweeted a picture of the running back at their facility on Thursday morning, as well as a picture of his new jersey with #34, his helmet and new locker.

The Colts held a noontime news conference to discuss the acquisition.

"We did not bring him in here to be a water boy," Colts Coach Chuck Pagano said about Richardson playing on Sunday.

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