INDIANAPOLIS -- It was time for running back Delone Carter to go. He didn’t have a future with the Indianapolis Colts. Not with Vick Ballard, Ahmad Bradshaw and Donald Brown ahead of him on the depth chart.
The Colts knew that, too. That’s why they traded Carter, who had fumble issues, to Baltimore for PR/KR David Reed.
Reed only has five catches for 66 yards in three NFL seasons. But he’s totaled 1,510 yards in kick returns. Reed led the NFL by averaging 29.3 yards a kickoff return during his rookie season in 2010. He didn’t return kicks last season.
The Colts' front office deserves credit for being able to trade a player -- Carter -- who didn’t have a future with the organization for one -- Reed -- who will compete for the kick return job. Reed also gives the Colts another body at the receiver spot to look at since nobody has stepped up to be the fifth receiver behind Reggie Wayne, Darrius Heyward-Bey, T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill.