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Report: Trent Richardson's entourage worried Browns

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08:19 AM ET 10.20 | Make no mistake, the Browns dealt Trent Richardson to Indianapolis last month for strictly football reasons. The new Browns' football regime simply didn't feel Richardson, the third overall choice in the 2012 draft, fit their model anymore and jumped at the opportunity to grab another first-round pick in a 2014 lottery in which they figure to nab the franchise's quarterback of the future. There were, of course, also some injury concerns for a player at a position whose significance has diminished in the league in recent seasons. But Cleveland and NFL sources told NFP this week that a secondary factor in the decision to trade Richardson to the Colts was a concern that the second-year veteran, they felt, had some outside distractions that the Browns suggested needed addressed. Nothing sinister, mind you, just a need to perhaps rid himself of some hangers-on and family members who were perhaps a bit too close to him. It's not known if those alleged components have contributed to Richardson's slow start in Indy, but the tailback has been a disappointment so far in his new uniform.

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October 20, 2013  09:10 AM ET

Is an entourage the same thing as a camp? Or is it possible to have an entourage AND a camp?

October 20, 2013  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Is an entourage the same thing as a camp? Or is it possible to have an entourage AND a camp?

In Richardson's case, it's probably a gulag!

October 20, 2013  09:24 AM ET

I would join an entourage, but I just don't anyone with a lot of money who would be dumb enough to spend it on me. Think I will throw an ad on Craigslist. It only takes one. " Will entour for money, cars, great accommodations, front row ticket seats and click chicks."

October 20, 2013  09:39 AM ET

How come athletes don't have posse's anymore?

October 20, 2013  09:50 AM ET

It's like when girls all get up at the same time to go to the bathroom, same testosterone level. If you haven't got the stones to face the world on your own merits, ya gotta hide behind a group...

October 20, 2013  09:55 AM ET

Professional sports is about winning not entourages. Pats never traded Hernandez on account of his "entourage" .

October 20, 2013  09:59 AM ET

So, you're not married to "strictly" here, NFP?

October 20, 2013  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Professional sports is about winning not entourages. Pats never traded Hernandez on account of his "entourage" .

They traded him to the jailhouse league.

October 20, 2013  10:55 AM ET

Back in the day it was called a caravan. I like that better.

October 20, 2013  11:23 AM ET

Ya and those hangers on can spend your money faster than you earn it. This is especially true of boxers who always have a hoard of people around them sucking up the good life.

October 20, 2013  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Professional sports is about winning not entourages. Pats never traded Hernandez on account of his "entourage" .

And look where that got them.

October 20, 2013  11:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Professional sports is about winning not entourages. Pats never traded Hernandez on account of his "entourage" .

How did that work out?

October 20, 2013  11:56 AM ET

As his earnings power diminishes as his lack of explosiveness becomes apparent, these hanger-on will fade away...

October 20, 2013  12:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

How come athletes don't have posse's anymore?

First you learn how to spell the plural of posse. Posses. (No apostrophe). An apostrophe is used to show possession, not a plural and is incorrect as you used it.

Also, Trent Richardson seems to lack a quick burst, and does not appear to have been worth the first round pick he will cost the Colts. The Browns (again, no apostrophe here) drafted him third overall, which is very high for a running back, and will probably recoup a pick around 16 - 25 for him two years later.

October 20, 2013  12:02 PM ET

How does 3.5 YPC look now? The mistake by Cleveland was picking him at #3 overall, not trading him away. BTW has anyone made more draft mistakes than Cleveland Browns version 2.0, in the history of sports - Courtney Brown, William Green, Gerard Warren, Brady Quinn, Brandon Weeden, Tim Couch, on and on and on.... I think they have 2 decent #1 picks in over a decade (Thomas and Haden, maybe Mingo we'll see).

October 20, 2013  12:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Professional sports is about winning not entourages. Pats never traded Hernandez on account of his "entourage" .

You can have an entire nation of 'hangers-on' so long as you gain 4 + yards a carry and 8 TD's a season. Make no mistake, Richardson's being traded had all of nothing to do with the 'entourage' as this is just a little justification for the Browns for trading a guy who still has some ceiling (albeit not much).

Next season, chip embossed on his shoulder when he runs for 1500 and 11, THIS will be the justification for the Browns trading the bum.

October 20, 2013  12:09 PM ET

When Trent Richardson rushes for 1500 and 11, I'll buy you steak dinner at the finest restaurant in Houston. LOL. 1500 yards on what, 500 carries? Maybe 750 and 8 (goal-line runner). Ahmad Bradshaw was clearly better than Trent Richardson before he got hurt.

October 20, 2013  12:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

They traded him to the jailhouse league.

Cops did.

October 20, 2013  12:29 PM ET

The term "jock sniffers" is a more appropriate term than an entourage. An entourage is just a more polite way of saying it.

 
October 20, 2013  02:15 PM ET

Keep trading him from team to team and eventually he will run out money used to moving himself and the 20 hangers on.

Of coarse he could do what Aaron Hernandez did, he killed his entourage when he tired of them.

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