Browns trade Trent Richardson to Colts

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“That’s football,” said Chudzinski, adding he reached out to the team’s captains. “You deal with those things whether they are injuries or a trade. I believe in this group and I believe the next guy will step up and we will find a way and do what we need to do to win.”

Like Richardson, Weeden’s days could be numbered with the Browns, who have started 19 quarterbacks since 1999 and are still looking for the right one. Next year’s draft class includes several top-flight QBs and the Browns could be loading up on high picks to make sure they get a good one.

Banner, though, said the Browns aren’t angling toward any particular position or player.

“I don’t want to tip our hands on what we’re going to do or prioritize in doing, but I think it puts us in a very good position to have made some real progress with the team in this offseason to be in very good cap shape going into next season,” he said.

The Browns are brutally thin at running back after trading Richardson and losing Dion Lewis and Montario Hardesty to season-ending injuries. Chris Ogbonnaya and Bobby Rainey are the only backs on the roster.

The team is bringing in free-agent running back Willis McGahee for a physical and will sign him if he passes the examination. A two-time Pro Bowler, McGahee rushed for 731 yards in 10 games for the Broncos last season and has gained 8,097 in his nine-year career.

Richardson has been slowed by injuries since he was taken after Luck and Robert Griffin III last year.

His college coach, Nick Saban, wished him well with the Colts.

“Hopefully this is going to be a great situation and circumstance for him, so that he can have more success, and be a good player for a long time,” Saban said. “The guy was a fantastic player here. We never had anybody who contributed more to the team in terms of how he played and how he affected other people.”

Before the deal, Richardson spoke to Minnesota reporters on a conference call about the expectations that come with being such a high draft pick.

“I think people make it more pressure than what it is,” he said. “I just like to play football. At the end of the day, I’m going to play football like I’ve always been coached. The way I’ve always played. I’m going to be physical, fast, I’m going to be up-tempo.”

And he’s going to do so in a new uniform.

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AP Sports Writer John Zenor in Tuscaloosa, Ala. contributed to this report.

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