AFC South teams are bracing to deal with Richardson's hard-charging running style for two games a season long into the future. In the AFC North, opponents of the Browns see a team stripped of its best offensive player and preparing to start a third-string quarterback in Brian Hoyer.
As he should. The Browns are looking down the road, making moves to stockpile draft picks and remake a roster into which the team's current front office is just beginning to dig its claws. There's merit in that, but the rest of this season looms as a wash for Cleveland.
"Anytime a great young player like Trent Richardson leaves your division -- now we still get to face him this year, but once instead of twice," Lewis said. "He's a fine player and, I think, has a big career ahead of him, so not bad that he drives two hours west of us instead of four hours north."
The trade itself was fascinating, largely because blockbuster swaps in the middle of an NFL season are rarities. How the move shakes out for both the Colts and Browns will be equally interesting to watch. If you're Lewis, you're just happy Richardson is out of Ohio.