MARCH 4: According to Zenitz, Richardson visited the Ravens on Wednesday. Although the running back left Baltimore without a deal, he could still be signed at a later date.
MARCH 2: It sounds like a potential Richardson signing has been moved to the back burner, as Jeff Zriebec of the Baltimore Sun reports (via Twitter) that no agreement agreement is “imminent” between the Ravens and Richardson. Baltimore could still sign Richardson, per Zriebec, but the club has too many other matters to deal with currently.
FEBRUARY 26: Following up on his Thursday report, Zenitz tweets that Richardson will be in Baltimore early next week to take his physical and to meet with Ravens officials. As long as there are no hiccups, it sounds like a signing will follow.
FEBRUARY 25: The Ravens are expected to sign running back Trent Richardson to a contract, sources tell Matt Zenitz of AL.com. According to Zenitz, the contract agreement is currently pending a physical.
Richardson, the third overall selection in the 2012 draft, lasted just over a year with the Browns, having been dealt to the Colts for a first-round pick early in the 2013 campaign. Richardson was underwhelming, to say the least, during his time in Indianapolis, recording 977 yards and six touchdowns on 316 rushing attempts across two seasons, while adding 55 receptions for 494 yards and a TD in 29 games (20 starts). During his time wearing blue and white, the Alabama product averaged just 3.1 yards per carry.
Richardson’s time in Indianapolis came to an unceremonious end when the Colts waived him after hitting him with a two-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team at the end of the 2014 season. Less than a week after he was let go, the Raiders swooped in and signed him, but Oakland ultimately cut Richardson prior to the 2015 season. The running back hasn’t been on an NFL roster since then, which means he can sign a deal now, before 2016’s free agent period officially gets underway.
Assuming the Ravens finalize a deal with Richardson, he’ll join a group of Baltimore running backs that currently includes Justin Forsett, Javorius Allen, and Lorenzo Taliaferro. It’s possible the Ravens could cut Forsett for cap purposes at some point, but if the team keeps those three players, it’s hard to envision Richardson finding a spot on the regular season roster.
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