Grigson seems to like these scraps for scraps trades.The Indianapolis Colts have traded running back Delone Carter to the Baltimore Ravens for receiver David Reed, as first reported by The Indianapolis Star.
The move doesn’t come as a surprise.
Carter, a 2011 fourth-round draft pick, was projected as the fourth running back behind Ahmad Bradshaw, Vick Ballard and Donald Brown. If the Colts carry four running backs in the regular season, the fourth might be rookie Kerwynn Williams, who is an option as a kick returner.
“This trade gives us a chance to improve in key areas moving forward,” general manager Ryan Grigson said in a statement. “David is a very competitive football player and we welcome his style of play and energy. At the same time, we wish Delone well with his opportunity to play for another first-class organization and we thank him for his efforts.”
The 5-9, 222-pounder was drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 draft and rushed for 377 yards and 2 touchdowns on 101 carries, appearing in all 16 games with 3 starts as a rookie. But he also fumbled three times and saw his playing time drop to 122 yards
But Carter had just 122 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries last season, appearing in 10 games.
Reed, a 6-foot, 195-pound receiver from Utah, caught 5 passes for 66 yards with the Ravens in 2012 and had one carry in 2010 and ’11. He returned 18 kicks in 2011 for an average of 29.7 yards and 21 for a 29.4-yard average, including a touchdown, in 2010. Reed, however, fumbled three times in 2011 and did not return kicks last season.