The Cleveland Browns have acquired the Indianapolis Colts' first-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft for second-year running back Trent Richardson, the team announced Wednesday evening. Additionally, the Browns also announced that they are bringing Willis McGahee to Cleveland for a physical.
Prior to the NFL awarding compensatory selections this spring, the trade gives the Browns 10 draft selections, including a pair of first-round selections. Cleveland previously had acquired the Steelers' third-round selection and the Colts' fourth-round choice.
The Colts lost running back Vick Ballard to a season-ending knee injury last week in practice..
"Trent's a great player and we expect him to have success in this league," said Browns CEO Joe Banner. "Right now, based on how we're building this team for sustainable success, we're going to be aggressive and do what it takes to assemble a team that consistently wins."
McGahee, a two-time Pro Bowler (2007, 2011), is 6-foot, 235-pound veteran in his 11th year out of Miami. He has four 1,000-yard rushing seasons during a distinguished career.
Richardson was drafted with the third overall pick in the 2012 draft. For his career, he has totaled 298 carries for 1,055 yards and 11 touchdowns, while adding 58 receptions for 418 yards and one touchdown.
During an injury-marred rookie season in 2012, Richardson recorded 950 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns while posting three 100-yard rushing performances. He also caught 51 passes for 367 yards and one touchdown.