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Adam Schefter on D&C: Trent Richardson trade not about money

09.23.13 at 10:33 am ET
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ESPN’s Adam Schefter joined Dennis & Callahan on Monday to discuss a number of NFL news stories from the past week.

Adam Schefter

Adam Schefter

On Wednesday, the Browns shocked the NFL world by trading running back Trent Richardson, whom they took with the third overall pick in the 2012 draft, to the Colts for a 2014 first-round pick. Some speculated that Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslam traded Richardson as a way to alleviate some of the potential financial cost for a pending lawsuit against his truck stop company, Pilot Flying J. Schefter vehemently denied that speculation.

“I don’t think money had anything to do with it,” said Schefter. “They gave Trent Richardson a $13 million signing bonus right after he was drafted. … So, that makes no sense to me at all.

“I was in Cleveland this summer and I’m taking to [the Browns] and Trent Richardson’s name came up and they say, ‘Yeah, he’s pretty good,’ and I’m like, ‘pretty good? That’s it? The No. 3 pick in the draft?’ And I could tell then that this team does not feel enamored with this guy right now.”

Then, on Friday, San Francisco’s star third-year defensive end Aldon Smith was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and marijuana possession. The 49ers took heat when they decided to play Smith in their 27-7 loss to the Colts before giving him a leave of absence. Schefter had no problem with the 49ers’ decision.

“Aldon Smith has an issue, and he knows he needs treatment, and he’s taken an excused leave of absence, starting today to go seek help. They were concerned that if you take some young 23-year-old kid, who’s got an issue, and you take him away from the football field on Sunday, that it would not be the best decision for him and it would not be safe,” Schefter said.

Smith’s treatment will force him to miss at least the team’s Thursday night game against the Rams, and perhaps even more time.

On Sunday, a story alleging that Von Miller corroborated with an employee of the NFL-contracted drug testing company in an attempt to manipulate his positive drug test emerged. Miller is suspended for the first six games of the season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

“The way this particular blood collector was described to me was he was star-struck with Von Miller, and this is in Miami during the offseason, and it’s a case where basically they tried to corrupt the system by switching specimens and another collector caught them,” Schefter said. “And I don’t know the exact details but I think when Von Miller supposedly had turned in a test in Miami he was actually in another city, I presume to be Denver. So as someone said to me, ‘Von Miller’s fast, but I didn’t know he was that fast.’ ”

Schefter had no knowledge of a report that Tom Brady called former wide receivers Deion Branch and Brandon Lloyd.

“It’s somebody else’s story, I don’t know about it, I really don’t know. I don’t know what to say to you other than, you’d have to ask Tom that question,” said Schefter.

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