Baltimore Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome is keeping himself busy this offseason with yet another move. The Ravens acquired RB Delone Carter in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts for WR David Reed. What does it all mean though?
Reed never really caught on with the Ravens. His brief career has been riddled with injuries and inconsistent play. Reed had some success as a kick returner. But after a terrible performance against the Seattle Seahawks (two fumbles and a personal foul) Reed was never very relevant in Baltimore again.
After trading top WR Anquan Boldin due to salary cap reasons, the receiver position was full of uncertainty (and still is). Reed being traded proved that he couldn’t move past some or stay ahead of some of the other younger receivers on the roster like Laquan Williams and Aaron Mellette. Perhaps a change of scenery will be good for Reed.
The addition of Carter could spell the end of Anthony Allen in Baltimore. Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce are the clear no. 1 and no. 2 backs for the team, but it’s unclear who will wind up with the no. 3 spot. Carter is a big bulldozer-type back; a straight-ahead, no-frills short-yardage guy. The team also has Bobby Rainey and Damien Berry competing for the spot, but I’d imagine at least one of them will wind up on the practice squad. There might no longer be a spot on the roster for Allen as he has a similar skill set to Carter.
I’ve never been a huge fan of Allen, so I’m okay with the move. Carter will now be the fourth former Colts player to join the Ravens this offseason in addition to Dallas Clark, Brandon Stokley and A.Q. Shipley. Could offensive coordinator and former Colt head coach Jim Caldwell have anything to do with this? The Colts are coming back to Baltimore. Sort of.