Acquired for a first-round draft pick in September, Indianapolis Colts' Trent Richardson devolved from fantasy football whipping boy to NFL punchline after averaging 2.9 yards per carry and losing his starting job to Donald Brown.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported in November that the Colts still felt strongly enough about Richardson's talent that they make the same trade all over again.

General manager Ryan Grigson confirmed as much on Thursday, emphasizing a "patient" approach to Richardson's immersion into the Colts offense.

"He's not going anywhere. We have him for the long haul," Grigson said, via The Indianapolis Star. "We don't win 12 games this year if Trent Richardson isn't here. That's a fact. With a year under his belt, you're going to see a different player."

Maybe this team doesn't win 12 games without Richardson. Maybe they win 13 instead.

The Colts "love" Richardson's violent running style and relatively cheap salary. In a best-case scenario, Richardson combines that violent style with better vision and a willingness to press the hole that would put him on the Marshawn Lynch career track.