The Oakland Raiders signed free agent running back Trent Richardson, the team announced on Tuesday morning.
It's a two-year deal worth $3.9 million, according to an NFL Network report, with up to $4 million each year in incentives.
Richardson was released by the Indianapolis Colts on March 12, following a failed and expensive attempt to give quarterback Andrew Luck some ground support. The Colts acquired Richardson from the Browns for a first-round pick.
Richardson averaged just 3.09 yards per carry in nearly two seasons in Indianapolis, and roughly 3.6 yards per carry in two years in Cleveland after the Browns drafted him No. 3 overall in the 2012 NFL draft.
The Raiders likely view this as a reclamation project for a once-prized prospect on the verge of permanently being considered a draft bust. The risk for this experiment is likely low.
The University of Alabama product is just 24 years old, with time and ability to resurrect his career given the right commitment, coaching and scheme. Richardson has the size and power required to run in coordinator Bill Musgrave’s power-rushing offense, and could wear defenses down and make life easier for slasher Latavius Murray.
The team was looking to add depth at running back alongside Murray. They went after a bigger name in DeMarco Murray, but fell short in that pursuit. Adding Richardson could be controversial, widely panned by fans and media types, but the Raiders hope to turn trash into treasure and add strength and depth to the running game in 2015.