The Cleveland Browns signed Alabama running back Trent Richardson late Monday night to a four-year deal worth about $20.4 to $20.5 million, depending on which published report you want to rely upon.
Richardson was the third pick in this past spring’s draft.
Alabama’s three other first-round picks already have signed. Safety Mark Barron was taken with the seventh pick by Tampa Bay, and the Bucs signed him for four years and $14.5 million. Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was the 17th pick by the Cincinnati Bengals, and he has a four-year, $8.6 million deal.
The New England Patriots took linebacker Dont’a Hightower with the 25th pick and have signed him to a four-year, $7.7 million contract.
If anyone thinks that’s too much money to pay someone to play football, consider this: Actress Kristen Stewart has a contract to receive $12.5 million for each of the “Twilight: Breaking Dawn” movies. That’s $12.5 million for Part 1 and $12.5 million more for Part 2, which is coming out soon.
This time, Mark Ingram got a break and the defense got all the love on the latest Alabama-themed cover of Sports Illustrated. That’s four since November if I’m counting properly (Here’s 1, 2 and 3). Ingram appeared on the cover of 1, 3 and the SI for Kids from August seen over to the side.
As you can see, Dont’a Hightower, Mark Barron and Marcell Dareus appear next to the rankings that puts the Crimson Tide on top again. (Don’t let Nick Saban see that part).
All these covers may create an issue in the Alabama football complex. There is a wall next to the media room with all the Alabama magazine covers (mostly SI) blown up and framed. Before last season, there was plenty of room, but before the one above hit stands, the frames reached all the way down the hall. Where to put this one?
Linebackers Dont’a Hightower (30), Nico Johnson (35), Tana Patrick (2), Chris Jordan (36), Jalston Fowler (45).
Defensive backs B.J. Scott (1), Phelon Jones (9), Mark Barron (4).
Finally, Nick Saban coaches loudly when mistakes are made.