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Does NFL hope remain alive for Trent Richardson? One ESPN reporter believes so

Former Alabama running back Trent Richardson (No. 33) at minicamp with Baltimore in 2016: Tommy Gilligan - USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens cuts ties with Trent Richardson on Tuesday, despite general manager and former Alabama player Ozzie Newsome reaching out to him back on April 18 for an opportunity.

Richardson proved that he could manage his weight, but hamstring and knee issues limited him from participating much in offseason workouts. He’s been on four NFL rosters in four years, nevertheless, one ESPN reporter still thinks a future in the pros is possible for the ex-Crimson Tide star.

According to a tweet released from Ed Werder on Wednesday, Baltimore waived Richardson because it needed a wide receiver to practice. A source told Werder that the Ravens believe Richardson is talented and his return is a possibility. He was selected third overall in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. Since then, Richardson has been cut from Indianapolis (2012-13), Oakland (2015, offseason) and now, Baltimore (2016, offseason).

In three seasons at Alabama (2009-11), he totaled 3,130 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns on 540 carries. Richardson set the school’s single season rushing mark in 2011, recording 1,679 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns on 283 carries. He would be recognized as an All-American, Doak Walker winner, Heisman Trophy finalist and Southeastern Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2011. The Pensacola, Florida native was a member of two national title teams in 2009 and 2011.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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