Colts GM: 'No brainer' to trade for Trent Richardson in 2013

Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said during a radio interview he did not regret trading for running back Trent Richardson in September 2013
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Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said during a radio interview he did not regret trading for running back Trent Richardson in September 2013.

Richardson was traded from the Cleveland Browns to Indianapolis for a first-round draft pick. The running back has 977 yards and six touchdowns in 29 games with the Colts, averaging only 3.1 yards a carry.

"When we made that trade it was a great shot in the arm," Grigson said, according to "I felt like it was the right football move at that time. I’ll never back off that thought. I thought it was a no-brainer."

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​Richardson played in only one snap in the team’s 26-10 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals after being the third-string running back behind Daniel Herron and Zurlon Tipton.

Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Starreports that Richardson practiced with the punt coverage team during practice on Thursday.

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was asked about Richardson’s role against Denver.

"We’re going to evaluate the situation as we go through the week and we’ll know more as we go through the week," Pagano told reporters.

Richardson was the No. 3 overall pick by the Browns in the 2012 NFL draft. His best season came during his rookie year, when he ran for 950 yards and scored 11 touchdowns.

He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2015 season and will make $3.2 million next season.

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