Browns sign top pick, RB Richardson

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Cleveland Browns and first-round pick Trent Richardson have come to terms on a deal, sources told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen.

The deal, sources said, is worth $20.4 million over four years with a $13.341 million signing bonus and is fully guaranteed with no offset language in the deal.

The Browns selected Richardson, a running back out of Alabama, with the third overall pick in April's draft.

Cleveland hopes Richardson can bolster a running attack that generated just four rushing touchdowns last year while being led by Peyton Hillis. Hillis, now with the Kansas City Chiefs, failed to recapture the form he displayed in a breakout 2010 season and rushed for just 587 yards on 161 carries in 2011.

Fantasy Impact: 

Richardson appears set to be focal point of the Browns offense, and will step right into the starting RB job with really no competition behind him to take away touches. We rank Richardson 9th among fantasy RBs, but he certainly has the potential to surpass that if Cleveland can stay in games and make the ground game a factor. His ADP is 10th overall, which would be a great spot to land him, but don't be shocked if he goes a few spots earlier.

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