Indianapolis Colts Cut Ties With RB Trent Richardson

Michael Hickey/Getty Images The Colts parted ways with RB Trent Richardson after two disappointing seasons with the team.
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The Colts parted ways with RB Trent Richardson after two disappointing seasons with the team.

The Indianapolis Colts have cut ties with running back Trent Richardson, releasing him Thursday after two disappointing seasons.

The Colts acquired Richardson, the No. 3 overall pick in 2012, from the Cleveland Browns for a first-round pick with the vision of teaming him with quarterback Andrew Luck, the No. 1 overall pick that year, in September 2013.

The trade ended up being a failure for general manager Ryan Grigson.

“I was expecting this,” Richardson told ESPN.com. “It just didn’t work out. I’m not saying anything bad about the program, but that program just didn’t fit me at all. Me and the GM didn’t see eye to eye. It was a bad marriage for us.”

Richardson lost his starting job late in the 2013 season to Donald Brown. And that was just the start of Richardson’s problems.

He entered the 2014 season as the starter, only to end up losing his job to Daniel Herron late in the season. Richardson fell behind Herron and Zurlon Tipton, who spent the first part of the season on the practice squad, in the playoffs. After being inactive for the divisional playoff game against Denver, Richardson said that would never happen again.

Richardson was right; he wasn’t inactive for the AFC Championship Game against New England. He was suspended for two games by the team after he failed to notify it that he would miss walk-through the day before the game against the Patriots.

Richardson missed the walk-through because his wife was in the hospital with serious pregnancy complications.

“Nothing would stop me from going to work other than my kids,” Richardson said. “With that, I told coach (Chuck Pagano) the situation. I said I could fly in or try to make the flight. He told me we weren’t going to dress you anyway.”

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SOURCE: ESPN
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