Both players are not stars, infact, neither are even starters or high ranking backups, so this is more of a case of two teams giving two guys a change of scenery.
Reed was not among the vast amount of wide receivers that has been getting time with the first team offense, and was likely to not make the 53 man active roster, so sending him away is not a big deal. In return, Carter was fourth on the Colts depth chart at running back and was also in danger of being cut by his team.
Carter does have a legitimate shot at making the Ravens 53 man roster as the possible goalline running back as he has history of doing that with the Colts and could be an upgrade at the number three running back position over Bobby Rainey, Damien Berry and Anthony Allen.
Drafted in 2011, Carter ran the ball 101 times for 377 yards and two touchdowns in his rookie year, but Carter gained just 122 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries last season while Vick Ballard and Donald Brown handled the workload in Indianapolis.
Reed signed a two-year, $1.86 million contract that included a $500,000 signing bonus, meaning the Ravens will carry $250,000 in dead money in each of the next two years after Reed’s departure.
Although not a "big" move in any sense of the word, it does eliminate one receiver from the wide array of options that the Ravens have, and Carter could add some depth at the running back position behind Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce.
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