Riders put former NFL RB Trent Richardson on neg list

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have added former NFL running back Trent Richardson to their neg list.

The 27-year-old is currently a free agent and has been out of the game since being released by the Baltimore Ravens in August of last year. He was briefly on the Ottawa Redblacks neg list last September but was dropped a couple of weeks later. The Riders added him to the list of 45 players to which they have exclusive negotiation rights on July 28.

The Alabama product rushed for 1,679 yards and 21 touchdowns for the Crimson Tide in 2011. After finishing third in the Heisman Trophy voting that season, behind Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck, Richardson ran for 96 yards and one touchdown to help Alabama win the BCS National Championship.

Following the title game victory, Richardson declared for the 2012 NFL Draft. That May, Cleveland traded up to select the five-foot-nine, 230-pound back No. 3 overall. He signed a fully guaranteed four-year $20.4-million deal that included a $13.3-million signing bonus.

As a rookie NFL running back, Richardson carried the ball 267 times for 950 yards (3.6 yards per carry average) and 11 touchdowns while adding 367 yards and one touchdown on 51 receptions.

Two games into the 2013 NFL season, Indianapolis traded a 2014 first-round pick for Richardson. The 27-year-old spent the rest of the 2013 season and entire 2014 campaign with the Colts. Richardson ran for 977 yards and six touchdowns and recorded 494 yards and one touchdown on 55 catches in 29 games with Indianapolis.

The Riders currently have two American running backs on the roster, led by Cameron Marshall who has 74 carries for 390 yards in seven games this season and they also have Canadian Kienan LaFrance.

The team has also experimented with former NFLers looking for a second chance, having brought former star quarterback Vince Young to training camp this season.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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24 Comments on Riders put former NFL RB Trent Richardson on neg list

  1. pantsonfire // August 19, 2017 at 10:50 am //

    It would be nice for the Riders if Jones & co. actually started concentrating on building depth on the roster by other means than NFL’ers who’s chances pretty much dried up some time ago. More distractions for a team that doesn’t need the circus.

    • lol! This from an Eskimos fan. So, translation, I guess you’re saying that you’re not that happy with Perkins and you wish Jones was still with Edmonton securing talent like Richardson?

  2. Facts Are Facts // August 19, 2017 at 11:10 am //

    Terrible CFL fit. He can’t run.

  3. Lol, Pants on fire. You would have is believe that the youngest on average team in the CFL isnn’t developing talent? I guess 2 years in, the whole team should be full of rookies of the year because that’s how it works.

  4. On Richardson, there has to be something more to his story, but if he’s got whatever that is straightened out and he’s ready to play football, then bring it on! He’s more than just a banger, btw. He also has 4.4 speed, so if he can find a hole and blow through a couple of arm tackles he could go a loooong way. Also, if the other I RB you’re referring to is Christion Jones then he’s really a return specialist. I’m not sure that he’s a real RB prospect at all.

  5. Domestic abuse charges. Again, Jones can F#@% Off.

    • Domestic abuse charges were dropped. He was completely exonerated. Maybe you should take your own medicine.

    • theonlydispassionateriderfan // August 21, 2017 at 2:21 pm //

      Richardson also took a leukemia survivor to her senior prom. But continue to focus on the “charges” that were dropped because the his ex was the one that actually instigated the altercation and even scratched her own face to get him arrested. Do a minimum amount of research before you throw the player under the bus and chastise the GM that did nothing wrong. People like you make us real fans look bad.

  6. Because it’s so easy to compare Jones’ lack of success in Regina to the post Jones’ success in Edmonton with the big discrepancy in talent doesn’t mean I’m an Eskimo fan. It’s so ironic to me that the hijacking of Jones was to be the start of a new “golden age” in Regina, while significantly weakening the Esks. Instead, Rider fans only need to look to Edmonton how badly that move turned out so far. It’s funny.

    • Um, wrong thread? But since it’s here, you can only measure the success of a GM, at least one doing a complete rebuild, after a few years. It takes that long to rebuild a team from scratch. But if you know enough about talent and team building to look past the Ws and Ls, then you can see how far this team has come. On that level he’s been VERY successful so far, and he’s made football fun again in Saskatchewan as well. Edmonton had a very good team and they’ve more or less maintained it, although we may be seeing some cracks starting now. I think they’re not as good as their record currently suggests, and they’re starting to have depth issues. They have a great QB and he can carry their team for a while almost on his own, but I think the EE balloon has developed some small holes and is slowly starting to deflate.

    • greenrider89 // August 20, 2017 at 3:18 pm //

      Actually, I’ve heard that before from you. So who is your team? I noticed a few of your comments on the Eskimo stories were very nice. Hmmm seems you appeared to like them? Hamilton, maybe?

  7. CFL SLUNK // August 19, 2017 at 3:37 pm //

    RFD you get one convincing win and you are on top of the world eh. Well good for you. With all of the injuries, eventually things will thin out but I don’t think that the Eskimos are going to play Saskatchewan type football. Reilly may be the best QB in the league right now but Franklin is quite capable, most certainly better than whats tossing the pigskin in Regina

    • We have Kevin Glenn chucking that pigskin just as good as any other elite QB in the CFL right now. Whats your point Slunk? Maybe you should check the QB stats from around the league before you start making uniformed comments.

  8. Adam Stocker // August 19, 2017 at 3:59 pm //

    Richardson needs to lose more weight if he wants to be a successful CFL back. Biggest problem in the NFL was a lack of burst.

  9. IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 20, 2017 at 1:32 pm //

    Ridiculous move.

  10. justforkicks // August 20, 2017 at 8:42 pm //

    Big deal, you all talk like he got signed to a huge contract. Hardly!

  11. Its the neg list people. Slow your tits you know it all ninnies

  12. It’s a neg list player. Get over yourselves guys… Let’s bash the Ticats for having RGIII, Manziel and Kap on their list too.. Exactly..

  13. Another head scratcher in Jonestown. What a dumpster fire.

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