Trent Richardson
Trent Richardson
29-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Trent Richardson in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Released by the Ravens in August of 2016.
Available to sign NFL contract
RBFree Agent
April 4, 2019
The AAF announced Thursday that all players, including Richardson, are immediately authorized to sign with NFL teams.
Richardson led the league with 11 rushing touchdowns over eight games and didn't go a single week without reaching the painted area. While his struggles with efficiency continued -- Richardson ultimately averaged just 2.9 yards on his 125 carries -- the 2012 NFL first-rounder finished the season on a high note with an 18-carry, 83-yard performance (4.8 YPC) on March 25 against the Atlanta Legends. It's hard to gauge how much interest he may draw from NFL teams now that the AAF has disbanded, but it at least seems possible Richardson could be invited to attend training camp somewhere.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Trent Richardson's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* All metrics are from his Pro Day (not the combine).
5' 9"
225 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.48 sec
Bench Press
25 reps
Hand Length
9.50 in
Arm Length
30.25 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
One of the bigger draft busts in recent memory, Richardson spent 2015 out of football after failing to stick on the Raiders' roster beyond training camp. He reportedly lost some weight and is in much better shape, but the Ravens already appear to have enough options at his position, with fourth-round rookie Kenneth Dixon joining a backfield that also includes Justin Forsett and Javorius Allen. In all likelihood, Richardson will enter training camp as a long shot to make the final roster.
Richardson was cut by the Raiders at the end of August after a disappointing preseason. It remains to be seen whether or not he'll have a roster spot in the NFL in 2015.
While he offers an enticing power-speed combo at running back on paper – not many 230-pound backs can run a 4.49 40 – Richardson's field vision has proven to be rather awful to this point, as he struggled to find gaps just as much with the Colts as he had with the Browns, posting a miserable 2.9 YPC in his 14 games with Indy. He also saw his receiving stats decline sharply from his rookie season, as he caught 16 fewer balls. However, T-Rich's yards per reception did rise, and he did catch a very fantasy-relevant 51 passes in his rookie year. Last year's early-season escape from the doldrums of Cleveland to the more productive Indianapolis offense hasn't done much for Richardson at this point. He'll have to fight Vick Ballard, Ahmad Bradshaw and perhaps even undrafted rookies Zurlon Tipton and Branden Oliver for carries in training camp, with all those players' roles totally up in the air. Richardson had his shoulder scoped following the end of last season, but that shouldn't impact his status for this year. This is a pivotal season in Richardson's career. A former first-round pick who averaged 5.9 YPC in his final year at Alabama just three years ago, he's got the potential to go boom – or bust.
Despite battling injuries and playing for an offense that was among the league's worst, Richardson still managed 267 carries and 51 catches during his rookie season, albeit with meager 3.6 YPC and 1.9 yards-after-contact averages. The offense should improve this year with a new coaching regime that includes offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who loves to rely on his running backs, especially at the goal line. In fact Turner was the offensive architect behind arguably the two greatest fantasy running backs of all time (Emmitt Smith and LaDainian Tomlinson). At 5-9, 228, Richardson showed his power at the goal line, converting nearly 40 percent of his 18 rushes inside the 10-yard line into touchdowns, the third-highest mark of running backs with at least 15 such carries. Overall, it propelled him to 11 rushing scores (T-6th).  Injuries, however, remain a concern – Richardson had trouble staying healthy at Alabama, missed last year's entire preseason after undergoing knee surgery, played half the season with broken ribs and missed Week 17 to a high-ankle sprain. Moreover, at press time he was nursing a lower-leg strain that caused him to miss OTAs and mandatory minicamp. There was some talk Richardson would be out until August, but either way, he's expected back at full strength well before the start of the season.
Becoming a full-time starter for the first time during his junior year at Alabama last season, Richardson totaled 2,017 yards with 24 touchdowns while getting 5.9 YPC. While there's no question he played in a system conducive for big stats in college (producing Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram in 2009), Richardson is widely viewed as the best running back prospect coming into the league since Adrian Peterson. He wasn't able to run the 40 at the NFL Combine after undergoing minor knee surgery, but he can make defenders miss with shifty moves, possesses breakaway speed in the open field and will immediately become one of the NFL's most powerful backs. While few rookie runners enjoyed sustained success last season, and plenty of owners were burned by Ryan Mathews the year prior, that doesn't mean a first year back can't make a major impact in 2012. The Browns are far from an ideal situation, as they averaged just 13.6 ppg last season, but it's possible Brandon Weeden is an upgrade at QB, and it's not like Cleveland's inept offense prevented Peyton Hillis from having a big season in 2010. Most important, team president Mike Holmgren already referred to Richardson as a "three-down back," and after Holmgren traded four picks to move up one spot in order to select him, Richardson will likely be asked to be a workhorse immediately. Richardson is a rookie playing for a bad team that has to face the Ravens and Steelers in 25 percent of its games, but he looks like a special talent who will be one of the league's few "every-down" backs in today's game.
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Still scoring TDs in AAF
RBFree Agent
March 18, 2019
Richardson has 91 carries for 227 yards (2.5 average) and nine touchdowns in six games for the Birmingham Iron of the AAF, adding 26 receptions for 186 yards (7.2 average) and another score.
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Finding end zone in AAF
RBFree Agent
February 18, 2019
Richardson has taken 42 carries for 99 yards and three touchdowns in two games with the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football.
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Playing in AAF
RBFree Agent
February 8, 2019
Richardson will play for the Birmingham Iron in the Alliance of American Football, Frank Schwab of Yahoo Sports reports.
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Arrested Thursday
RBFree Agent
February 20, 2017
Richardson (knee) was arrested last Thursday on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge in the third degree, reports.
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Could conceivably re-join Ravens in future
RBFree Agent
August 3, 2016
Head coach John Harbaugh defended waived RB Trent Richardson (knee) from harsh criticism, noted his release from the team was strictly health-related, and added that there is "still an opportunity [for Richardson] to come back in the future," per
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