Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday the team has an "unofficial agreement" with running back Trent Richardson.
"Hopefully, no one will come in and swoop him away from us," Harbaugh said at the NFL owners meetings. "I'm planning on Trent being a Raven right now."
Richardson, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 draft, met with Ravens officials in Baltimore in early March but wasn't signed by the team.
Harbaugh said he texts with Richardson "all the time" to get updates on his training, and general manager Ozzie Newsome frequently talks to Richardson. Out of football in 2015, Richardson has previously spent time with the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts and Oakland Raiders, where he produced a disappointing career rushing average of 3.3 yards per carry.
The Ravens presumably want Richardson in a certain physical condition before committing to him. Richardson was fined 14 times by the Colts for missing weight.
"Here's a high caliber, high draft pick guy who seems like he's really motivated and he wants to do well," Harbaugh said. "So, Trent, keep working. Keep working hard. See you in a couple of weeks. That's the goal."
Richardson joins a team with an already crowded backfield. The Ravens currently have five running backs on their roster, including leading rusher Justin Forsett and three recent draft picks in Buck Allen, Lorenzo Taliaferro and Terrance West.