Trent Richardson RB OAK 4 months ago14 Comments

Richardson's two-year, $3.45 million contract with the Raiders includes $600,000 guaranteed, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

Richardson's agent did well to get a significant guarantee, given that the former first-round draft pick has shown little to no promise through his first three NFL seasons. While the guaranteed money doesn't ensure that Richardson will make the final roster, it certainly helps his chances to do so. Latavius Murray should still be viewed as the favorite to lead Oakland's backfield in 2015, but Richardson's contract makes it quite clear that the former Colt will have every opportunity to earn a significant role.

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Richardson signed with the Raiders on Tuesday.

The Raiders return Latavius Murray and already signed Roy Helu, so the 24-year-old Richardson will have to fight for any kind of meaningful role. The former No. 3 overall pick may also need to compete for a roster spot, as his first three years in the league couldn't have gone much worse. The contract details, when available, will likely provide a better idea as to Richardson's chances of making the final roster.

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Richardson was released by the Colts on Thursday.

The Colts finally made the inevitable transaction official, leaving Richardson free to sign with another team. He may have to settle for a veteran's minimum contract, and probably won't be assured of a roster spot with whichever team signs him. Based on how he played over the first three years of his career, Richardson may not be long for the NFL.

Trent Richardson RB OAK 5 months ago15 Comments

Richardson's suspension for conduct detrimental to the team voids the guarantee for his $3.184 million base salary in 2015, Joel Corry of the National Football Post reports.

Richardson was suspended for the Colts' final playoff game, and he'll be suspended for Week 1 of the 2015 season, if he's still on the Indianapolis roster. It's pretty clear that he won't be on the roster, so the real issue is whether the Colts will have to eat the $3.184 million in dead money. This has been a rather unusual sequence of events, and Richardson will almost certainly file a grievance.

Trent Richardson RB OAK 5 months ago

Updating a previous report, Richardson has only served one game of his two-game suspension, and he will be suspended for Week 1 of 2015 if he remains on the Indianapolis roster up to that point, ESPN NFL Nation writer Mike Wells reports.

It was previously believed that Richardson had served his suspension, but he's only halfway there. Given the potentially high likelihood of Indianapolis cutting him this offseason, Richardson might not ever see the second game of his two-game suspension.

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Richardson's absence from Indianapolis' two playoff games was due to suspension, NFL.com reports.

General Manager Ryan Grigson said as much Friday, though he cited 'personal reasons' as the cause of suspension rather than a specific violation. If 'personal reasons' is meant to put a positive spin on the situation, it fails to do so. It's not unusual for a player to miss time due to personal reasons, but it's almost inconceivable that such cases would be categorized as a suspension unless there were some sort of disciplinary issue involved. For what it's worth, Richardson says he missed Sunday's walkthrough before the AFC Championship Game due to a "very serious" family emergency. Richardson is a top candidate for contract termination in the offseason.

Trent Richardson RB OAK 6 months ago2 Comments

Richardson's absence from Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Patriots is related to a family medical issue, according to the Indianapolis Star Tribune.

Richardson -- who was not present for Saturday morning's team walk-through in Indianapolis -- did not accompany the Colts to New England for Sunday's game due to personal reasons. With Richardson out, the Colts' backfield Sunday with be headed by Dan Herron, with Zurlon Tipton slated to work in a backup capacity.

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Richardson (personal) did not make the trip to New England for Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Patriots.

A presumed healthy scratch for last week's Divisional Round matchup against Denver, Richardson is slated to miss AFC Championship for undisclosed personal reasons, meaning Dan Herron and Zurlon Tipton will once again head the Indianapolis backfield. Richardson, who has one year remaining on his rookie contract, averaged just 3.3 yards per carry on 159 totes during the regular season.

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Richardson is inactive for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

With Richardson scratched from the Colts' lineup, fellow RBs Zurlon Tipton and newcomer Michael Hill are in line to back up Dan Herron on Sunday.

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Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said Trent Richardson's role for this week's playoff game against Denver is under evaluation, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Richardson did not record a carry or catch in Sunday's playoff win over the Bengals. It was thought he didn't play (he was active) due to an illness, but it sounds like it was more performance based. It looks like Pagano may finally have had enough of giving the underperforming Richardson playing time. Dan Herron is expected to start with Zurlon Tipton likely working as the backup.