The Colts and Browns set the NFL world on fire Wednesday night with a blockbuster trade that moves running back Trent Richardson to Indianapolis and a first-round pick to Cleveland. While the first-round pick will likely be welcomed by the Browns' front office in a rebuilding effort, the same may not be said for the Cleveland's current players. Within just an hour of the deal going down, several of Richardson's now-former teammates reacted to the news.
Browns' quarterback and fellow 2012 first-round pick with Richardson, Brandon Weeden, was extremely surprised by the move, as he texted NFL.com's Jeff Darlington with his feelings on the trade:
Surprised by Trent Richardson trade? You are not alone. Quarterback Brandon Weeden just sent me a text: "Shocked man. That's all I can say."— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) September 18, 2013
Didn't see that coming— Phil Taylor (@PhilTaylor98) September 18, 2013
Wow!— T.J. Ward (@BossWard43) September 18, 2013
Current Browns' running back Dion Lewis is still not sure this move is actually happening:
This real or fake— Dion Lewis (@DionLewis28) September 18, 2013
Browns offensive lineman Jason Pinkston mentioned what a crazy business the NFL was, then added:
Happy hour here I come— Jason Pinkston (@JasonPinkstonOL) September 18, 2013
The Browns travel to Minnesota in Week 3 to face the Vikings at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. The game will be televised on CBS.