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Could NFL Running Back Trent Richardson Find a Niche with the Baltimore Ravens?

Trent Richardson was out of football last season after being cut by the Raiders in late August. AP Photo/Ben Margot

Trent Richardson was out of football this past season after he was cut by the Oakland Raiders at the end of August. Richardson has been an extreme bust, but may have another NFL opportunity upon him as the Ravens are interested in his services.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh confirmed the Ravens interest in Richardson. “We’re talking to him right now. He seems like a good guy,” Harbaugh said. “I’ve talked to him on the phone a few times. Ozzie’s got all the ties to Alabama. We’ll see where it goes. It’s in the works. It’s possible. I don’t think it’s finalized yet. But it’s a possibility.”

Richardson has had weight issues and injury issues throughout his NFL career and averages a poor 3.3 yards per carry. Richardson has bounced around from the Cleveland Browns to the Indianapolis Colts to a short stint with the Raiders.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has ties to Alabama as a former Crimson Tide athlete himself and has a history of bringing in Alabama athletes such as linebacker Rolando McClain thee years ago.

Richardson showed plenty of potential at Alabama, but this potential just has not translated over to the NFL. Richardson deserves another opportunity in the NFL. He must put the time in the weight room and get his body into stellar shape. If Richardson proves he is dedicated to the sport, he will have a chance to succeed in the NFL.

Richardson is a low risk with potential reward move for the Ravens and the Ravens do not have a strong backfield with Justin Forsett headlining the group. It will be intriguing to see what Trent Richardson can bring to the Ravens backfield if the team does decide to sign him.

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