While the Indianapolis Colts and Duron Carter had agreed to a deal last week, the contract is now actually official between the two sides. The 6’5″, 205 pound Carter was a star wideout this past season for the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes, but he’ll now be calling the Indianapolis Colts his new team.
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
Playing “North of the Border” in 2014, Carter caught 75 receptions for 1,030 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. Even though the NFL game could pose a drastic transition, at least initially, Carter’s receiving life should be made easier by catching passes from Colts star young quarterback Andrew Luck. It’s undoubtedly a reason he decided to sign with the Colts over serious suitors like the Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns in the first place.
Still only 23 years old, Carter will join a talented young core of Colts receivers including T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief; however, it’s unclear who else will be joining them. Beloved Colts veteran Reggie Wayne is a free agent, as is Hakeem Nicks. Even with Carter’s signing, the team could still look to upgrade the position with another proven veteran wideout if neither Wayne nor Nicks is re-signed.
We’ve previously flirted with the idea of Larry Fitzgerald, if he indeed becomes a free agent, as he’s due a massive cap hit with the Arizona Cardinals. He’d provide the team with a really good possession wideout to help fill the void left by Wayne. While the team doesn’t lack in big play down-the-field ability in Hilton, Moncrief, and now Carter, they could still withstand to add a big possession veteran wideout to consistently make the tough short catches and move the chains down the field.
Whether that will be Fitzgerald remains to be seen; however, Carter has made the Colts receiving corps much more potent regardless. He’s a really talented young wideout, who should provide a big target for Luck down the field. If he’s as good as initially advertised, he should get a lot of playing time in 3-wide receiver sets right away. In fact, the Colts already view him as a starting wide receiver, which may be a bit on the optimistic side: