For the first time in almost a year, Trent Richardson, a former third overall pick who was destined for greatness, will be suiting up for a NFL team.
In a phone interview this week with the Baltimore Sun, Richardson said that the Ravens plan to sign him by April 18, just in time for Richardson to join the team for the start of their offseason workout program.
The Ravens have had a verbal agreement of sorts with Richardson for the past month or so. After impressing the Ravens in a workout out for the team at their facility last month, Coach John Harbaugh told Richardson to keep at it and get in better shape. If that were to happen, then there just might be a spot for Richardson.
A month has passed, and according to Richardson, Harbaugh is sticking to his word. Richardson says that he has worked out extensively since he met with the Ravens, and that he showed up to tryouts overweight.
In his interview, Richardson seems regretful about his NFL career thus far. Richardson admits that he's made multiple missteps in the NFL, and blames a lack of work ethic as one of the reasons for his demise. Yet despite the gloomy past, Richardson is ecstatic about his second chance that the Ravens are giving him.
I’m in a position to earn a spot on the team, a chance to actually be that guy. I know there’s going to be a lot of competition. I know there’s going to be a lot of fighting among ourselves, but we’re all out there for the same thing. We all want to try and get better, we all want to be that guy. But at the same time, I’m coming in and I’m ready to work."
Richardson has said that he wants to "give it my all" for the Ravens, and he will certainly need to do that to stand out among the talented running backs group of Justin Forsett, Buck Allen, Lorenzo Taliaferro, Terrance West, and Terrence Magee.