This is the third former Indianapolis Colts player to join the Ravens in the past 11 days. Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell has ties with Carter, who was drafted in the fourth round in 2011, Caldwell's final season as the Colts' head coach. Tight end Dallas Clark and wide receiver Brandon Stokley are the other former Colts who have been signed by the Ravens this month.
Carter has a chance to be the No. 3 back behind Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce. The addition of Carter is not a good sign for Anthony Allen and Bobby Rainey, both of whom are on the bubble. Carter, 26, is a straight-line power runner who has 499 career yards in two seasons with a less-than-spectacular 3.8-yard per-carry average. He has 27 yards on 10 carries this preseason.
Reed, a 2010 fifth-round pick by the Ravens, never reached his potential because of injuries. He was a solid special teams player who had five career catches. This trade indicates Reed wasn't going to make the final cutdown. The Ravens are expected to keep Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones and Stokley at receiver. The others fighting for roster spots are: Tandon Doss, LaQuan Williams, Deonte Thompson, Aaron Mellette and Marlon Brown.