The writing was on the wall for Richardson, especially after the team suspended him two games, which voided the remaining guarantees in his contract.
However, sources told Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star last month that Richardson’s absence from the Colts’ walk-through before the AFC Championship Game was due to “serious complications” with his girlfriend’s pregnancy.
If true, this is a very unfortunate way for things to end in Indianapolis for him.
Richardson, 24, has been a huge bust since the Browns in return for the former No. 3 overall pick back in 2012.
Cleveland was smart to get a first-round pick for him after just one year in the league. Although, that pick was used on QB Johnny Manziel, so the jury’s still out on whether they’ll actually recoup any value from that pick.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Richardson will free up $3,184,062 million in available cap space while creating no dead money.
In 2014, he ran for 519 yards on 159 carries (3.3 YPC) to go along with 27 receptions for 229 yards receiving and three touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 29 running back out of 57 qualifying players.