Browns links: Browns initiated trade

In case you missed it, the Cleveland Browns signed running back Willis McGahee to a one-year contract to replace Trent Richardson, and quarterback Brandon Weeden won't need surgery on his injured right thumb, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Here's what is also happening on the Browns beat:

  • The Browns initiated the trade that sent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts. According to The Akron Beacon Journal, the deal came together when Browns CEO Joe Banner began talking to Colts general manager Ryan Grigson about Richardson on Tuesday. “[Richardson was] mentioned, and we went right to work on it and did our due diligence on the Colts’ end and really liked the player,” Grigson said during a news conference. “I’ve always liked the player, and when it became a possibility, we had to at least investigate it.”

  • Linebacker D'Qwell Jackson told The Plain Dealer that the Browns haven't given up on the season even though the team traded its best offensive player. "(N)ot for one minute does anyone in this locker room think that we're not trying to win now," Jackson said. "We're good on the defensive side of the ball, we've got some areas where we all can improve on and we've just got to get the first one to create some winning around here."

  • The Plain Dealer's Bud Shaw believes the Browns are contradicting themselves to the fans. "In explaining how Brian Hoyer vaulted Jason Campbell -- going from inactive to starter -- Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner said Hoyer gives the team its best chance to win," Shaw wrote. "Likewise, can we conclude Willis McGahee or Chris Ogbonnaya or Bobby Rainey gives the Browns a better chance of winning than Trent Richardson? Not even the Browns can go there with a straight face."

  • Defensive coordinator Ray Horton said nose guard Phil Taylor told him that Baltimore Ravens halfback Ray Rice did spit in his face Sunday. Taylor, who would not confirm the incident to reporters after the game, drew a 15-yard penalty for slapping Rice in the helmet after the players were face to face. “All I know is what my player said to me, and I trust my players and we just moved on,” Horton said, via The Plain Dealer.