Who replaces Richardson in Cleveland
September, 18, 2013
By Joe Kaiser | ESPN Insider
And just like that, Trent Richardson's career in Cleveland is over after only 17 games, 1055 yards and 11 touchdowns. The move is one plenty of Browns fans will surely need time to digest -- especially those who plunked down cash for a Richardson jersey -- but the season is still young and there are 14 games remaining on the schedule.
So who's next in line to carry the football for Cleveland?
Here are the top candidates:
- Willis McGahee -- McGahee is the player Cleveland reportedly has pegged to replace Richardson, according to this tweet by Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, but first he'll have to pass the team physical. As Rapoport mentions, that's no sure thing for a player like McGahee who turns 32 in October and is coming off a season where he was limited to 10 games due to a leg injury. He was passed over in favor of Brandon Jacobs after working out for the New York Giants last week, but is the best option Cleveland can trot out there if he's healthy enough to play. McGahee ran for 731 yards on 167 carries and scored four touchdowns for the Broncos last season, giving him 8,097 yards and 63 TDs in his career.
- Bobby Rainey -- Signed off of waivers from Baltimore on Sept. 1, Rainey didn't have a single carry in either of the Browns first two games. The 25-year-old did manage to make an immediate impact on special teams, though, with his 24.5 yards per return ranking No. 10 in the league.
- Chris Ogbonnaya -- Like Rainey, the five-year pro has yet to carry the rock this season, with his offensive stats being limited to the passing game (3 receptions, 34 yards). Ogbonnaya has 95 rushing attempts in his career, but only 8 since the beginning of last season.