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Whoever says major mid-season trades are nonexistent in the National Football League, the Indianapolis Colts just made a liar out of you. richardson-colts_20130919100435_320_240

It was the evening of September 18th when ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortensen reported information that sent shock waves throughout the newswires. Second year running back Trent Richardson was traded from the Cleveland Browns to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2014, first round pick.

Even with Colts owner Jim Irsay teasing a shocking trade on Twitter prior to the deal, no one had a clue it was of this magnitude.

NFL.com’s Ian Rappaport reported RIchardson was originally upset because he fell in love with Cleveland during his brief stint. Rappaport later confirmed Richardson quickly got over his disappointment when it dawned on him what, or who was waiting for him in Indianapolis. Who wouldn’t get over it knowing they were about to partner with the likes of Andrew Luck, Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton and Coby Fleener?

Richardson won’t have to wait long to show what he can do, as he’ll make his Indianapolis debut this week against the San Francisco 49ers.

If Richardson’s contributions matches or surpasses Indianapolis’ expectations, the Colts’ organization and fans alike will be happier than a camel on Wednesday for seasons toluckrichardsongettyid154528387 come.

On the flipside, you can’t help but look at Cleveland and wonder “Why?” Richardson was the cornerstone of Cleveland’s offense. WIth the current stable of Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell, speculation suggests the Browns are in the market for a quarterback. With that being said, and with this abrupt disposal of Richardson, why not use your first round pick from last season to draft Russell Wilson?  Having two first round pick is good, but will Cleveland use them wisely in addressing their needs, or will we see another “out-of-the-blue” of one of their 2014 picks? To fill the void Richardson, the Browns are bringing in Willis McGahee.

Is the offensive genius of Norv Turner even enough to fix this?

Just when you thought is was safe to say Cleveland is heading in the right direction. Even former general manager Mike Holmgren said the Richardson trade would’ve been his cue to resign if he still held the position.

With two weeks down, and 15 to go, there’s no room for resignation for me. Last week, I went 10-6…a one game improvement from week one.

Here we go:

*Chiefs over Eagles

*Texans over Ravens

*Panthers over Giants

*Bengals over Packers

*Rams over Cowboys

*Vikings over Browns

*Patriots over Buccaneers

*Saints over Cardinals

*Chargers over Titans

*Redskins over Lions

*Falcons over Dolphins

*Bills over Jets

*Seahawks over Jaguars

*49ers over Colts

*Bears over Steelers

*Broncos over Raiders

By Antoine Hoffman

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