According to Ben Goessling of ESPN, CFL star wideout Duron Carter has concluded his free agent visits with teams, and the Indianapolis Colts are among the finalists along with the Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns in signing him:
While we’ve noted the Carter previously visited the Colts and were originally seen as early favorites, rumors have swirled that the Vikings have possibly overtaken the Colts as the lead favorite. This is presumably because of Duron’s close relationship with the Minnesota Vikings organization due to his Hall of Fame father in Cris Carter, who previously played 12 seasons for the Vikings.
However, it’s still encouraging news that the Colts remain a finalist for the talented wideout’s services. In Indianapolis, Carter would have the opportunity to catch passes from Andrew Luck, who is arguably the best young quarterback in the NFL. However, it’s worth noting that the younger Carter can’t officially sign until February.
For those of our viewers who are unfamiliar with the 23-year old Carter, due to him playing “North of the Border”:
"“At 6’5″, 205 pounds, Carter has never lacked in talent and natural ability. Rather, it’s been a maturity issue that has so far kept him out of the NFL. However, teams feel confident that Carter has matured during his time north of the border, playing for the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes. This past season Carter finished 11th in the league with 1,030 receiving yards, in addition to his 75 catches and 7 touchdowns. He averaged a whopping 19 yards per catch on the season.”"
For a team whose wideouts struggled getting much separation against the Patriots, Carter would seem to be a fit among the Colts wide receivers, joining both T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief as part of a talented young nucleus. Quite frankly, with Reggie Wayne in the twilight of his career and a free agent, the team could afford an infusion of young talent at the position. It’s worth noting that Hakeem Nicks is also a free agent, and it’s uncertain whether he’ll also return. Consequently, there could be an opening for Carter as high as #3 on the team’s wide receiver depth chart next season.
It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out, but be sure to check in for updates as the situation evolves.
Aug 3, 2013; Canton, OH, USA; Cris Carter (right) poses with his son Duron Carter and the bust of the elder Carter at the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports