Trent Richardson likes being in Indianapolis, and his new teammates are excited to have him.
One day after the Colts swung a blockbuster trade to pair the No. 1 and No. 3 overall picks in the 2012 draft, the Colts' new running back walked into the locker room and was greeted by hoots and hollers.
Richardson, once considered the foundation for Cleveland's latest rebuilding project, said he was shocked when the Browns called to say they had dealt him for a first-round pick in next April's draft. He believes, however, Indy is a good landing spot.
Coach Chuck Pagano said Richardson is likely to play Sunday at San Francisco. Richardson said he would be keeping late-night hours to study the playbook so he's ready to play against the 49ers.
"He loves football. He has the right body type for his style as a runner and his style fits this offense," said Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson.
"I'm ready to open up this new chapter in my life especially with the Colts, a great coaching staff and a great locker room," said Richardson, speaking to the media in the locker room at the Colts complex. "I want to be that guy that puts the team on his shoulders."
Speaking about quarterback Andrew Luck, Richardson said, "We are going to be here for a while. We are not planning on going no where. We are planning to win a lot of games."
He added: "People can't just stack 9 in the box no more. If you stack 9 in the box, Andrew's got an arm for you."