Matt Zenitz of Al.com reports that former NFL RB Trent Richardson has decided against finalizing a contract with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL.
Richardson tells Zentiz that he decided against it because he would have had to sign a one-year contract with a team option for a second year, which would lock him into two years in Canada if he did well.
Richardson is still hoping to return to the NFL at some point.
According to Justin Dunk of 3downnation.com, former Browns RB Trent Richardson is traveling to Regina with the intention of finalizing a deal with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Richardson has been away from the NFL the past two seasons and spent last summer working with his alma mater — the University of Alabama.
While Richardson will always be known for being a major bust in the NFL, he’s still young enough to turn things around in the CFL.
Richardson, 27, was taken with the No. 3 overall pick by the Browns in 2012 NFL draft. However, he lasted just over a year in Cleveland before he was traded to the Colts for a first-round pick.
The Raiders elected to sign him to a two-year, $3.85 million contract that included $600,000 guaranteed back in 2015 only to release him during roster cuts.
Richardson worked out for the Ravens a few years ago but had to get in shape before the team later signed him to a one-year deal worth $675,000. However, he was waived soon after.
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.