John Harbaugh is 'planning on' Trent Richardson joining his team
Baltimore coach John Harbaugh may be the man to give Trent Richardson’s NFL career a revival, but the former Alabama running back is going to have to remain patient.
The Ravens’ interest in the former No. 3 overall pick was reported nearly a month ago, yet Richardson is still without a contract.
On Tuesday, the Super Bowl-winning coach cleared things up a bit via the team’s official website.
“I’m planning on Trent being a Raven right now,” Harbaugh told reporters at the NFL owners meetings in Florida. “We have an unofficial agreement with Trent. Hopefully, no one will come in and swoop him away from us.”
Richardson, who is still just 25, was cut by the Oakland Raiders and did not play a snap in a regular season game during the 2015 season.
It was a quick fall for a guy that appeared as a lock to be a long-time starter in the league coming out of college. But after failed stints with the Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts, his professional career is in danger of spanning just three seasons.
Harbaugh said that he stays in touch with Richardson, though no formal agreement is yet in place.
“It’s in Trent’s court. Ozzie and Trent have talked a lot. I text with Trent all the time. He’s keeping me posted on his training,” Harbaugh said. “I’m kind of excited about it. Talking on the phone, I really liked him. He’s a high-caliber, high-draft pick guy and it seems like he’s really motivated. Wants to do well.”
Perhaps this is the opportunity that Richardson needs to get his career back on track.