Former Alabama RB Trent Richardson waived by Ravens
Trent Richardson’s career as an NFL running back has likely come to an end, as the former Alabama star was waived by the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday afternoon.
We have waived RB Trent Richardson and signed WR Chuck Jacobs.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) August 2, 2016
After rushing for over 1,700 yards and 21 touchdowns in his final season with the Crimson Tide in 2011, Richardson was widely regarded as the best running back that the 2012 NFL Draft had to offer — some had even claimed that he was the top prospect at his position since Adrian Peterson left Oklahoma years before. He was selected No. 3 overall by the Cleveland Browns.
However, despite a solid rookie campaign that saw him come 50 yards short of breaking 1,000, Richardson has been the polar opposite of what was expected from the former All-American. Since starting 15 games in 2012, Richardson has started just 22 since — none coming since 2014. He was traded to the Indianapolis Colts two weeks into the 2013 season and was eventually waived in March of 2015 after struggling to outperform veteran Ahmad Bradshaw and former sixth-round pick Dan Herron.
On March 17, 2015, Richardson signed a two-year, $3,850,000 contract with the Oakland Raiders. He was then released prior to the start of the regular season.
Richardson’s opportunity with the Ravens, which was put into place last April, has been perceived to be his last shot of landing a job with an NFL organization. Still, there could be an outside chance that another team to gives him a call before the conclusion of the preseason schedule.