The Denver Broncos worked out former first round bust, running back Trent Richardson, and when Twitter found out — all hell broke loose.
When news broke that the Denver Broncos had worked out running back Trent Richardson as a consideration for a futures contract, you would think that the Grinch had just stolen Christmas from Broncos Country on Twitter.
The outrage to a workout of a player considered on a futures contract is beyond anything I have ever seen. Here’s the initial report from Mike Klis…
And the ensuing respose…
That’s just a few.
I don’t think people quite understand the concept of a player being a consideration for a futures contract, but perhaps it’s the lingering anger from the loss to the Oakland Raiders.
The Broncos — as are all teams right now — need to do their due diligence on players that are available for futures contracts. As painful as it would be to see Trent Richardson starting for them this coming weekend knowing what we know about him (he has been horrible so far in his career) the fact that he’s simply being considered on a futures deal is actually pretty interesting.
Not many first round picks in the last four years are going to pop up on the ‘available for hire’ list and Richardson certainly earned that distinction, but the cost vs. the potential reward is worth at least a workout to see if Eric Studesville and the scheme the Broncos run can possibly revive Richardson’s career a bit.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with a ‘no strings attached’ workout and even a subsequent futures contract for a guy that was a 3rd overall pick in 2012 and then traded over a year later for another first round pick.
The Broncos aren’t signing him today. They aren’t starting him against the Steelers.