The Indianapolis Colts paid a hefty price for Trent Richardson, parting with their 2014 first-round draft pick to acquire the running back from the Cleveland Browns.
Richardson knows that after averaging just 2.9 yards per carry last season, he needs to bounce back for a Colts team that could have addressed several needs with a first-round pick.
"I think we do have a first-round pick -- and that's me," Richardson said Wednesday. "They spent their money on me in the first round. No pressure toward proving to everybody else, just proving to me that I can be the best."
Richardson rushed for just 458 yards in 14 games with the Colts and eventually lost his starting job to Donald Brown in Week 13.
But although he failed to compliment Andrew Luck and Indianapolis' emerging passing game, Richardson re-evaluated his 2013 season with the Colts after watching some game film.
"I didn't do as bad as I thought last year," he said.
Richardson, who admitted to being humbled and trying to go for the home run plays, will compete with Vick Ballard and Ahmad Bradshaw for carries next season.
ESPN.com Colts reporter Mike Wells contributed to this report.