According to ESPN Reporter Ben Goessling, free agent wideout Duron Carter has narrowed down his finalists to just two teams. Most known for being the son of Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter, the 23-year old CFL star has been highly coveted as a free agent among potential suitors.
When last reported, the Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, and Cleveland Browns were the remaining teams talking to his agent, but per Goessling one of those aforementioned teams has been eliminated:
With Indianapolis and Minnesota seen as the heavy favorites throughout Carter’s free agent recruitment, as well as the Browns’ volatile quarterback situation, it would seem likely that Cleveland is the eliminated team. However, nothing is for certain, and that’s purely speculation and an educated guess on my end. Goessling seems to hint at this too in his tweets, although he doesn’t directly say it.
May 3, 2012; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Duron Carter (13) walks off the field after working out at the Minnesota Vikings rookie minicamp at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
A few weeks ago, Carter visited the Indianapolis Colts team complex, and even more recently, we know that his agent had been talking with the team. The Colts were originally seen as the early favorite for Carter; however, his father’s decorated history with the Minnesota Vikings, a team he played 12 seasons for, likely has elevated the Vikings’ chances as Duron’s recruitment process has continued.
It’s worth noting that Duron Carter previously signed as an undrafted free agent with the Vikings in 2012; however, he did not make the active roster and was released before the start of the regular season. Never short on a lack of talent and natural ability, teams believe that the younger Carter has matured during his time “North of the border”. Playing wideout for the Montreal Alouettes, Carter finished 11th in the league with 1,030 receiving yards, in addition to his 75 catches and 7 touchdowns. He averaged 13.7 yards per reception on the season.
Carter is expected to make a decision by the end of next week, so Horseshoe Heroes will keep you posted on any updates! However, we would like to add that we think it’s pretty cool that Duron Carter’s dad, Cris, selected Andrew Luck to play on “Team Carter” in this weekend’s Pro Bowl, and that his son could soon be catching passes from him. That has to be a 1st ever stat in NFL history.
Jan 21, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Team Carter alumni captain Cris Carter (left) shakes hands with first overall pick Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12, right) during the Pro Bowl Draft at The Arizona Biltmore. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports