Former Riders RB Trent Richardson goes unselected in XFL draft

568 players were chosen in the XFL draft, former Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Trent Richardson was not one of them.

The 27-year-old carried the ball 48 times for 259 yards, scoring two touchdowns in four games for Saskatchewan in 2017. The Riders went 3-1 when Richardson was in the lineup and he improved his yards-per-carry each time out. The last CFL game Richardson played was against Montreal and the five-foot-nine, 225-pound back ran for 127 yards and two touchdowns.

The Riders put Richardson on the suspended list after he failed to report for training camp in 2018. He signed with Saskatchewan in September of 2017, entry-level contracts in the CFL are two-years, meaning Richardson had the 2018 season remaining on his deal. That pact would have paid him $67,500 in hard money. The 29-year-old thought he was a free agent in the off-season, which wasn’t the case.

Eventually the Riders released Richardson and he signed with the Birmingham Iron of the now-defunct Alliance of American Football. He played eight games rushing for 366 yards and 11 touchdowns on 125 carries (2.9 yards per rush) to go along with 31 catches for 205 yards and one touchdown.

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. He was chosen No. 3 overall in the 2012 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns.

From top of the NFL draft to undrafted in the XFL, Richardson’s stock has really fallen.