The Ravens still plan to sign running back Trent Richardson, coach John Harbaugh confirmed Tuesday at the NFL meetings. Harbaugh wants Richardson to continue getting in better shape, but believes he will be part of the Ravens’ offseason activities.
“I’m planning on Trent being a Raven right now,” Harbaugh told reporters in Boca Raton, Fla., via the team’s website. “We have an unofficial agreement with Trent. Hopefully, no one will come in and swoop him away from us.”http://www.baltimoreravens.com/news/article-1/Ravens-Still-Plan-On-Signing-Running-Back-Trent-Richardson/b77299a8-f67a-48ae-a6ff-489fb3856c1e
Harbaugh said both he and general manager Ozzie Newsome had been keeping close tabs on Richardson’s training.
“It’s in Trent’s court,” Harbaugh said. “Ozzie (Newsome) and Trent have talked a lot. I text with Trent all the time. He’s keeping me posted on his training. 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.”
Richardson’s career plummeted quickly after being the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 draft by the Browns. He was traded by the Browns to the Colts after just one season, and later was released by both the Colts and Raiders.
Richardson didn’t play in the NFL last season, despite being just 25 years old. However, the Ravens can take a low-risk chance on Richardson, because they are deep at running back with Justin Forsett, Buck Allen, Lorenzo Taliaferro, and Terrance West. The Ravens want to see what Richardson still has left, after his stellar college career at Alabama, when he rushed for 3,243 yards and 35 touchdowns in three seasons.