Just days after being reported that CFL star Duron Carter was down to “Two Finalists“, it now appears as though the Indianapolis Colts remain one of them. According to the Indianapolis Star’s Stephen Holder, the Colts are “frontrunners” for the talented young wide receiver:
"Per Holder, “Carter, according to the source, is drawn to Indianapolis for obvious reasons: The presence of three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Andrew Luck and one of the NFL’s best passing offenses. Carter and his agent have expressed his legitimate interest in playing for the Colts to the team’s front office.”Adding, “Carter already has relationships with players who are currently on the Colts’ roster. Linebacker Jonathan Newsome was a close friend during the time the two spent at Ohio State. And running back Trent Richardson knows Carter from the year he spent at Alabama.”"
His report seems to coincide with what had previously been reported by ESPN NFL Insider Cecil Lammey earlier this weekend:
As noted previously, with Reggie Wayne potentially retiring and Hakeem Nicks a soon-to-be free agent, the Colts could have some big openings atop their wide receiver depth chart. While T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief appear set for significant roles next season, Carter could have a prominent role next season as far as playing time is concerned if he’s as good as advertised.
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. Of course, he may be most known for being the son of Hall of Fame Minnesota Vikings’ wideout Cris Carter. Never short on talent and natural ability, it’s always been a maturity issue for the younger Carter; however, teams believe he has matured considerably during his time “North of the Border”.
It appears that due to his father’s long decorated history with the Minnesota Vikings, and Duron’s relationship growing up around the Minnesota organization that they are the Colts primary competition for his services. However, having played 16 seasons in the NFL as a wideout, Cris Carter likely understands the importance of having a great quarterback like Andrew Luck to catch passes from for his son’s long-term success.
It’s worth noting that Duron Carter cannot officially sign a contract until February 10 per NFL rule.
MONTREAL, QUE.: NOVEMBER 16, 2014 — Montreal Alouettes wide receiver Duron Carter celebrates his touchdown during the first half of their CFL East Division semifinal against the BC Lions at Molson Stadium in Montreal on Sunday, November 16, 2014. (Dario Ayala / Montreal Gazette)