Trent Richardson on his way to Regina with intent of finalizing deal with Riders

Former University of Alabama Crimson Tide running back Trent Richardson is on his way to Regina with the intention of finalizing an agreement that would make the 2012 third overall NFL pick a Saskatchewan Roughrider, per sources.

Richardson’s agent has been selling his client to CFL teams for at least a month.

The Riders added the 27-year-old runner to their negotiation list on July 28. The Pensacola, Florida native was last on an NFL roster in August 2016.

Richardson rushed for 1,679 yards and 21 touchdowns for the University of Alabama 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. He 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 Christion Jones, a Crimson Tide product, plus Canadians Greg Morris and Kienan LaFrance.

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53 Comments on Trent Richardson on his way to Regina with intent of finalizing deal with Riders

  1. Should be interesting to see what he can bring to the table. Competition for reps is a good thing.

  2. Whoooweee! Bring it on! First I should say that guys like this don’t always work out. That kind of money can warp the brain of some players. It can cause some players to lose focus on football and lose their mental edge, and that may be why he’s out of the NFL and why he may not have the focus to make it in the CFL either. It’s happened before, but I love bringing guys like this in for a look. He clearly has huge talent, and it’s just a lot of fun. We need a railbird report! Jones, bringing in the talent nonstop!

    It’s sure been a rough 10 days for Darrell Davis! Lol! I expect an article from him in the next couple of days demanding that Jones be fired again!

  3. Dick Rubnutz // August 22, 2017 at 1:28 pm //

    Great news. Hopefully the Riderfans.com haters have a coronary over this one, lol. You know who you are

    • No, the Riderfans.com haters could care less. The last time I looked the Riders are exactly where they belong….in last place in the West and about to miss the playoffs again. Maybe next year!!!

      • With Trent Richardson at running back? they will be riding to the GC
        Jones is a genius!!

        • And Johnny Football will come and salvage the TiCats season and claw them to the Grey Cup against the Riders… dream on.

  4. IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 22, 2017 at 1:29 pm //

    With 2 full off season long under their belts I can see why the riders scouting would render the need to bring in this type of player

  5. Anonymous // August 22, 2017 at 1:29 pm //

    All I can say is wow!!?

  6. Paul Bomber // August 22, 2017 at 1:34 pm //

    5’9″, 230 lbs? Yikes!
    Why isn’t he in the NFL anymore? Personal problems? Injuries? Below par? If below par, just below or way below?

  7. Vince Young all over again. Big NFL name that’s past their prime. This is just a distraction to the team.

  8. IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 22, 2017 at 1:39 pm //

    I remember a Heisman winning running back who was drafted number 2 in the NFL draft after a GM foolishly trade every pick in the draft to move up specifically to draft him. He had a decent although controversial career in the NFL that landed him in the CFL for 1 year. Does anyone remember what he did that year? NO– because he was perfectly unspectacular. These types of things RARELY work out

    • Second overall? I thought you were going to use the Lawrence Phillips example, but he wasn’t second. And in any event there’s no indication that Richardson has Phillips’ kind of problems.

      • Hors E Power // August 22, 2017 at 2:04 pm //

        I was referring to Ricky Williams
        It’s not necessarily always about off field problems either. Sometimes its attitude….does a guy that should be set for life financially have the same drive as someone who isn’t? Will he get here and decide it’s bush league? Will be simply not be able to adjust the the differences and nuances of the CFL game?
        Has the time away from football dulled his skills to a point he can’t regain top form?

        • You mean the Ricky Williams that hardly played a down in the CFL because he broke his arm, yet went back to the NFL and played at a high level for a bunch of years? For every poor example, which that isn’t, there’s another that works out. Nothing wrong with taking a look.

          • IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 22, 2017 at 2:40 pm //

            Besides Doug Flutie. Give me a high profile name that’s worked out

          • As this could spiral into a nonsense discussion, perhaps I’ll let you define high profile first.

          • Hardly played a down? He played 11 games (over half the season) before he broke his arm, and he had 109 carries even in those 11 games which placed him 7th in the league for the year. He also had the worst rushing average in the league for starting running backs at only 4.8 yards per carry. Not as bad an example as you state it to be.

          • IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 22, 2017 at 3:23 pm //

            Meaning someone who’s name was well known in college and was mentioned in SI. Was at least a first round draft pick and given loads of money.

          • I thought you’d put an incredibly narrow definition in there Horsie, hence the question. As I’m camping with my Grandkids at Pidgeon Lake, I’m not going to spend much time on this. Joe Theismann, not sure what round he was drafted in down south. And as for Ricky Williams, he went back to the NFL and played 5 more seasons, so he was hardly a bust now was he.

          • IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 22, 2017 at 5:24 pm //

            Enjoy your vacation Grain.

        • White Horse // August 22, 2017 at 6:39 pm //

          Very good observations HORSIE..
          Lawrence Phillips was a head case as stated. His ignorance and self appreciation got him DEAD!
          What did Rick Williams become? Jones and Murphy need to be hyper sensitive to these head cases. After serving under the tutelage of J. Huffnagel you would think Murphy would be sharper than the Vince Young saga etc.

        • For first round draft picks the first name that comes to mind I John Avery. Nate Davis was a very high second round pick, 32nd overall in 97. Willie Middlebrooks is another first rounder.

  9. Dick Rubnutz // August 22, 2017 at 1:58 pm //

    Love hearing he’s down to 215lbs and dying to get another NFL shot. Super motivated and really, if he doesn’t amount to anything, it’s a cheap tryout and minimal cap hit.

    • Hors E Power // August 22, 2017 at 2:07 pm //

      But we’ve heard that many times from many former high profile NFL players. His intentions maybe pure but can he be successful? History says no.

      • Yeah that Doug Flutie guy sure was a dissapointment up here after he was cut loose in the 90’s…

        • IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 22, 2017 at 2:45 pm //

          who else?

        • White Horse // August 22, 2017 at 6:47 pm //

          Keith…it is an insult to ever mention Doug Flute in the same sentence as some of these NFL cast-offs.
          The USFL folded and Murray Pezim in BC made the best investment ever and that includes Stamps and Argos.

  10. Antlerman // August 22, 2017 at 2:01 pm //

    Well i think its a good move to look at a guy that has a
    Natural talent . Sask doenst have the depth in personnel to pass on taking a look. If he good enough tk play good if not cut him.easy as that

    • We don’t have great depth at RB anyway. You’re right about that. Marshall has been great, but now with Richardson we’ll have some depth.

  11. RIDER FAN // August 22, 2017 at 2:23 pm //

    Got nothing to lose by bringing him in for a look! Jones is always looking..which is a good thing! The Haters will till you otherwise..

    • Paul Bomber // August 22, 2017 at 2:47 pm //

      So, do you get the sense that Jones is starting to settle on a roster? I am not exactly what you would call a Riders fan and I hate to admit it, but they seem like they might be close. Do you risk disrupting the locker room? Marshall has looked good I thought. (surely this guy isn’t coming up to ride the pine).

      • Running backs don’t play every down anyways. I’m sure if they like what they see they’ll give him a series or two and Marshall the same. If Richardson produces better he’ll get more plays. Having two productive backs is a good problem to have.

        • IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 22, 2017 at 3:33 pm //

          That is easier said than done unfortunately. Riders have been going with Marshall, Morris, Lafrance at RB. If you are going to add Richardson you’re likely will have to sit one of Morris or Lafrance. If not where do you make the roster adjustment without affecting Canadian content?

          • LaFrance and Morris can also play on special teams etc. If he comes up and is good enough to get into the lineup then they’ll shuffle things around, just like any other player on the roster.

      • It is a lot closer. Have used the 2nd fewest number of starters in the league this year. Some of that is due to relatively few injuries compared to other teams but mainly a much more settled roster compared to the roller coaster last year.

      • I agree, Marshall seems to power through first contact, I enjoy watching him play.

    • IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 22, 2017 at 2:54 pm //

      Jones believes in the “leave no stone upturned” philosophy. This boils down existentially to the quality vs quantity debate. Does turning over every stone afford the time to dig down under that rock? Meaning can Jones properly evaluate these players and does this philosophy allowed the foresight to realize potential vs realized ability??

      • The part of the process you over look is that Jones wants to see them in the Riders digs, against his players, like a base line test. Lots of guys look good or bad on paper, but until you see them in the mix, with your roster guys, and what kind of people they are, you can’t make that decision. So you’re only right on the quantity element – if you look at enough guys, someone will be of great quality. Hope that explains how Jones looks at it.

  12. Word, now, out of Alabama, is that he has decided NOT to come to Canada. Seems the contract terms (1 Year plus Option) is too long. He wanted to get back to NFL next year.

    • Well if that’s the case then nothing is lost. Either he wants to play or he doesn’t. Better to decide that now than in the offseason and have issues with an unhappy player on the roster going ahead.

  13. Other media sources saying this story is bunk.

  14. He has balked at the option year, thought he could come up to CFL for just the rest of this season.

    • No harm nor cost in the effort, I’m happy to see Jones doing exactly this, checking out the FA’s.

  15. BlindEyeTy // August 22, 2017 at 4:08 pm //

    He’s garbage anyway.

  16. tuesday weld // August 22, 2017 at 4:47 pm //

    Not sure which is more embarrassing for the Riders – thinking Trent Richardson is any good or not being able to land him!

    Guess they’ll have to find someone else to run into the back of his own Olinemen. Now where did they leave their copy of “Colossal NFL Busts”?

  17. White Horse // August 22, 2017 at 6:51 pm //

    What the he’ll happened to a great running back by the name of SHAKIR BELL? JONES/MURPHY?

  18. Does the name “White Shoes” come to mind? You never can go wrong with bringing someone in for a look-see. Marshall is a nice running back, and he’ll be hard to replace. Nowadays, your number one RB has to be a very good blocker too!!

  19. Yeah, I heard the two year commitment was a little much. That being said, I may have been the only commenter here who actually has seen him play live (Alabama at Florida) and this guy is a wrecking ball. The best player on the field that day by a mile. Hey…if you don’t take a shot, you don’t know, right? Can the venom, haters. It’;s just another attempt to get better. The Riders are moving in the right direction and as I’ve said for 20 years… it takes until year 3 to build a winner. We’re half way there and once the “raw materials” work more consistently together, the wins will become more consistent.

  20. Alvin Braithwaite // August 28, 2017 at 5:36 pm //

    To Whom it may concern: For what it’s worth; the players trained at the University of Alamba are considered to have the finest college training in the world. It is considered a good thing to have such an individual on your roster, as this transcends just the remarkable playing skills and intangibles(team spirit,desire to win, non-quit). A good Bama alum is worth a million!

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