The AAF announced Thursday that all players, including Richardson, are immediately authorized to sign with NFL teams.
Richardson led the league with 11 rushing touchdowns over eight games and didn't go a single week without reaching the painted area. While his struggles with efficiency continued -- Richardson ultimately averaged just 2.9 yards on his 125 carries -- the 2012 NFL first-rounder finished the season on a high note with an 18-carry, 83-yard performance (4.8 YPC) on March 25 against the Atlanta Legends. It's hard to gauge how much interest he may draw from NFL teams now that the AAF has disbanded, but it at least seems possible Richardson could be invited to attend training camp somewhere.
Richardson has 91 carries for 227 yards (2.5 average) and nine touchdowns in six games for the Birmingham Iron of the AAF, adding 26 receptions for 186 yards (7.2 average) and another score.
Richardson leads the upstart league in both carries and touchdowns and also ranks fourth in catches, yet he's producing just 68.8 scrimmage yards per game. His strong work at the goal line might attract some interest from NFL teams, but the ugly mark of 2.5 YPC doesn't exactly beg for the 2012 first-round pick to be viewed as anything more than a camp body this summer.
Richardson has taken 42 carries for 99 yards and three touchdowns in two games with the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football.
Richardson leads the league in carries and rushing TDs, but his mark of 2.4 YPC is the worst among all players with double-digit opportunities. It's only fair to note that the goal-line chances weigh down his average, and he does have seven receptions for 64 yards. The 2012 first-round pick still has more work to do before NFL teams can view him as a serious option to compete for a 2019 roster spot.
Richardson will play for the Birmingham Iron in the Alliance of American Football, Frank Schwab of Yahoo Sports reports.
Richardson may be the biggest name in the new league, but he hasn't played football since 2017 (in the CFL) and hasn't appeared in an NFL regular-season game since Dec. 2014. The third overall pick from the 2012 NFL Draft did have a couple nice performances during the 2017 CFL campaign, and he's still only 28 years old. A strong showing in the AAF likely would land Richardson an NFL tryout this spring/summer. Other prominent names in the upstart league include QB Christian Hackenberg, RB Denard Robinson, RB Zac Stacy and DB Rahim Moore.
Dareus missed both of this weekend's training camp practices after suffering a hamstring injury Friday, John Murphy of BuffaloBills.com reports.
There isn't any indication that the injury is anything more than day-to-day at the moment. New head coach Sean McDermott will heavily rely on Dareus, the team's best interior lineman, in the first-year coach's quest to better what was a disappointing defense under Rex Ryan last season.
Dareus suffered a hamstring injury late in Friday's training camp practice, Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com reports. "Anytime players miss time you get concerned," said coach Sean McDermott. "But I'm going to stay positive and he's done a great job of being in shape at this point in camp and has really handled things well. We'll see how this unfolds."
Dareus will sit out Saturday's practice, though he's doing work off to the side. The DT may be the most important player in McDermott's new defense, given his skill set and ability to make a mess of the offense's interior, though injuries and and off-field distractions have stolen some of his value in the past.
Richardson (knee) was arrested last Thursday on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge in the third degree, WRBC.com reports.
Handed plenty of opportunity to stick in the NFL, Richardson hasn't taken the field in season since 2014 and during preseason play since August of 2015. His woes have now extended off the field due to an alleged incident with a female in Hoover, Ala. While the legal system works itself out, there's no indication that the NFL will come calling in the short or long term.
Head coach John Harbaugh defended waived RB Trent Richardson (knee) from harsh criticism, noted his release from the team was strictly health-related, and added that there is "still an opportunity [for Richardson] to come back in the future," per ESPN.com.
The former No. 3 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, Richardson has dealt with knee woes all offseason. Harbaugh acknowledged the team was aware of Richardson's health concerns when they signed him in April, but they needed to pull the plug on the running back in order to make room for a healthy body at the position. "We just couldn't wait any longer," Harbaugh said, per the Ravens' official site. Subsequently, the team signed Stephen Houston, an undrafted rookie out of Indiana.
Richardson (knee) was released by the Ravens on Tuesday.
Richardson reportedly showed up for Baltimore's offseason program in the best shape of his career, but suffered hamstring and knee injuries that have prevented him from taking part in training camp. Meanwhile, Terrance West has made a strong impression through the first few days of camp, perhaps positioning himself to join Justin Forsett, Javorius Allen and Kenneth Dixon on the final roster. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Richardson may find it difficult to land an audition before the season begins. Though only 26, it's quite possible he's already played his last down in the NFL after failing to catch on with a team last season.
Richardson (knee) will begin training camp on the PUP list, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports.
This is an unsurprising move as the 25-year-old Richardson underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in late June, and was expected to miss several weeks as a result. The third pick in the 2012 draft is hoping to find new life in Baltimore this season, but will need to get back on the field to earn his way into the mix.
Richardson (knee) will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery and is expected to miss several weeks, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
The former third overall pick of the 2012 is hoping to resurrect his disappointing career in Baltimore but now may not be ready for the start training camp, which could hurt his chances of making the final 53-man roster. The 25-year-old is competing with Terrance West and Lorenzo Taliaferro for a spot in the Ravens' backfield.
Richardson hurt his hamstring during the Ravens' offseason program last week.
Among the latest teams to hold its first OTA on Thursday, the Ravens were bound to reveal the news due to Richardson's lack of participation in front of assembled media. In his attempted NFL comeback, any reps missed puts him behind the eight ball, though plenty of time remains to continue making an impression on the fourth organization of his career. Helping his cause is a more toned physique, as he's whittled down his weight to 218 pounds from its reported maximum of 240 pounds, but a reserve gig is likely the best he can expect in a backfield led by Justin Forsett (arm) and Javorius Allen.
Richardson, who once weighed as much as 240 pounds, is now down to just 218 pounds, the Ravens' official website reports.
Cut by the Raiders during training camp last year, the former No. 3 overall pick spent the entire 2015 regular season out of the NFL. Prior to that, Richardson was a major disappointment for both the Browns and Colts, with poor conditioning and family issues reportedly playing a role. The Ravens are giving him what may be his final shot in the NFL, but even if he's vastly improved, Richardson will likely just be competing for one of the final roster spots. Justin Forsett and Javorius Allen are still expected to battle for the starting job.
Richardson has signed with the Ravens.
Richardson had been in talks with the Ravens for most of this offseason, and after working out for Baltimore again on Monday morning, the team signed him before the start of its offseason strength and conditioning program. After getting cut by the Raiders ahead of last season, he hasn't played since the 2014 campaign, when he averaged just 3.3 YPC on 159 carries and scored three times for the Colts. A noteworthy first-round bust, Richardson will hope to revive his career by first making the Ravens' roster this season.
The Ravens have a deal in the works to sign Richardson, the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec reports.
Released by Oakland at the end of the preseason, Richardson never latched on with another team. Though he's now expected to get a shot in Baltimore, the former No. 3 overall pick will face an uphill battle to earn a spot on the final roster.
Richardson has worked out for the Saints, ESPN's Mike Triplett reports.
With RB Khiry Robinson having suffered a fractured tibia, the Saints also took a look at Travaris Cadet. Given that the team has reportedly signed Tim Hightower, it doesn't look like Richardson will be headed to New Orleans, but a weekend filled with backfield injuries has led to a number of free agent running backs -- including the former No. 3 overall pick -- drawing interest in advance of Week 9.
The Raiders released running back Trent Richardson on Monday, sources told ESPN.com. The former first-round pick rushed for 519 yards on 159 attempts last season.
Running back Trent Richardson, whom the Raiders played on the non-injury list before the start of training camp with was activated by the team Thursday and practiced, per NFL.com.
The Raiders never specified why Richardson wasn't ready, but reports suggested that the back did not come to camp at the team's expected weight. The former first-round pick will have to make an impression to land a starting job, with Latavius Murray turning heads with his speed out of the backfield.
The Raiders assigned wide receiver Rod Streater and running back Trent Richardson to the Non-Football Injury list on Friday, the team announced.
Moreover, the team placed defensive tackle Stacy McGee and wide receiver Trindon Holliday on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform List.
Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio expects Latavius Murray and Trent Richardson to compete for the starting running back spot on the team, per ESPN.
"I think it will be a competitive situation," Del Rio said.
Del Rio also spoke about the fact that he is encouraged by Richardson's potential.
"What I saw when we brought him in and talked to him was a young man that was hungry to kind of leave that portion of his career behind him and start fresh," Del Rio said. "My challenge to him was, 'Look, I don't want you to worry about anything other than coming in here and competing your butt off every day. Come in here and be a great teammate. Come in here and find a role on special teams. Come in here and just grind every day with the hunger you had as a freshman at Alabama.'"