According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Richardson joins defensive lineman John Matuszak as the only players since the NFL merger in 1970 to be drafted within the top three, play their first season with the team that drafted them, and then play for another team the following season.
Some believe it was a good trade for the Browns because this gives them another top pick that can be used to draft a franchise quarterback. Others feel like this is a sign that the Browns have given up on the season.
“We have to earn their belief and trust in the decisions we’re going to make as a group, and I don’t expect them to trust that until we prove that the trust is well placed," Browns CEO Joe Banner said. "So, I understand the skepticism for now. We have to do what we think is right, move the franchise forward and get it to where we want it to be.”
Here is some reaction on Twitter to the surprising Richardson trade: