Running back Trent Richardson has been waived by the Ravens, the team announced Tuesday, ending an experiment that hardly got off the ground.
Signed as a free agent this offseason, Richardson said he wanted a chance to turn around his career, after being a huge draft bust as the third overall pick in 2012 by the Browns.
Richardson disappointed with the Browns. He disappointed after being traded to the Colts. And after being released by the Colts, he failed to make the Raiders’ 53-man roster last year, and spent the 2015 season out of the NFL.
Richardson lost weight preparing for his opportunity with the Ravens, but his body didn’t hold up. He had a hamstring problem during OTA’s, he had knee issues during minicamp, and he began training camp on the PUP list.
The Ravens are deep at running back with Justin Forsett, Buck Allen, Terrance West, rookie Kenneth Dixon, and Lorenzo Taliaferro. Even with Taliaferro on the PUP list (foot) and Dixon nursing a knee injury, there was no reason to wait on Richardson, with West looking very good in training camp.
It remains to be seen if another team gives Richardson a chance once he gets healthy. But his opportunity with the Ravens quickly passed him by.
The Ravens signed wide receiver Chuck Jacobs to take Richardson’s place on the roster. Jacobs was undrafted in 2013, and was waived by the 49ers in August of last year.