A lunchtime look around: Colts lose Reid

February, 28, 2009
2/28/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Poor Colts fans. Not only do they know their teams isn't going to be active in free agency - all these headlines, none about their team - but Saturday they learn the team loses one of those role playing guys who'd become a dependable piece.

Colts special teams ace Darrell Reid got three years and $6.8 million from the Denver Broncos, reports Mike Chappell. Reid may never have a better hit than the highlight reel classic he laid on Titans kick returner Chris Henry in the 2007 regular season finale.

Jim Caldwell's revamping special teams, which have long been an issue, largely because the way Indianapolis is built, the team doesn't have many veteran free agents who compose the special teams' core for most other teams.

Reid was one such guy, and now gone at a price I don't imagine the Colts would have so much as considered. Caldwell hired new special teams coach Ray Rychleski from the University of South Carolina.

Welcome to free agency, Ray.

Elsewhere...

Houston Texans

Dan Orlovsky follows Patrick Ramsey as a backup quarterback candidate, visiting the Texans Saturday and Sunday, writes John McClain.

The Texans can afford to match Denver's offer sheet to David Anderson and McClain thinks they should. I agree.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Gene Frenette says GM Gene Smith is taking little time to put his stamp on the Jaguars.

Tennessee Titans

The 49ers don't think the Titans have bad receivers. Jim Wyatt reports they gave the free agent Brandon Jones a five-year contract for $16.4 with $5.4 million guaranteed.

Free agent cornerback Eric King, who played well for Tennessee but didn't finish the last two years with injuries, signed a two-year deal in Detroit, reports Nicholas. J. Cotsonika. There's Jim Schwartz plucking someone he knows well from his time in Tennessee. The Titans would have liked the depth, but having re-signed nickelback Vincent Fuller they are OK.

Receiver Nate Washington will be in Nashville for a visit with the Titans Sunday, writes Gary Estwick.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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