Will Reynolds get a warm welcome in Indy?

What's the read on Jamal Reynolds from the other side of the trade? Here's the outlook on the defensive end's future from the perspective of the Indianapolis sports pages:<p>

According to Indianapolis Star sports writer Mike Chappell, the addition of Reynolds to the Colts' roster marked a long-awaited "step to reinforce the defense with veteran talent."

While Reynolds' pro stats don't give the Colts a lot to hang their hopes on, fans may be happy just to hear some roster news. With training camp approaching, Reynolds is the first veteran added to the Colts roster this offseason.

Also of interest in Indy is this connection: Jamal won't be the only Reynolds listed in the Colts media guide – his brother Diron is the team's defensive quality control coach.

Diron Reynolds joined the Colts in 2002 after serving as defensive tackle coach at Indiana University. He also worked two seasons as a graduate assistant at Wake Forest, where he played linebacker from 1989-93 and earned a degree in communications.

Chappell also wrote that while the acquisition of Reynolds could shore up the Colts' defensive line, the former Packer will compete with Raheem Brock, Brad Scioli and Robert Mathis for playing time at left end and isn't a lock to make the 53-man roster.

Financially, the Colts had little to lose in the deal. They acquire the final two years of Reynolds' rookie contract that calls for him to earn base salaries of $450,000 in 2004 and $500,000 in 2005. Neither is guaranteed. He could be released during training camp at no cost against the NFL's $80.6 million salary cap.

Neither team president Bill Polian nor coach Tony Dungy was available to the Indianapolis paper for comment on the Reynolds trade.

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