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Trent Richardson got $600K guaranteed from Raiders

Eyebrows arched last week when the Oakland Raiders handed running back Trent Richardson a two-year contract worth up to $3.85 million.

A closer look at the deal gives us a better idea how much the Raiders are risking on the downtrodden former third overall pick.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Richardson received $600,000 in guaranteed money in the deal. It's not a huge figure, but it shows that Oakland is taking more than just a flier on Richardson, who averaged 3.1 yards a carry during his calamitous two-year run with the Colts.

The Raiders and general manager Reggie McKenzie must be at least somewhat confident a change of scenery will allow Richardson to return to the promising form he had as a rookie with the Cleveland Browns in 2012, when he rushed for 950 yards and had 12 total touchdowns.

That seems like a long time ago, but Richardson is still just 24 years old. If he puts the commitment into being an NFL running back -- a legitimate concern -- he still has a chance to be remembered as something other than an epic draft bust.

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