Vikings closing in on Duron Carter?

The Vikings are giving receiver Duron Carter, the son of Cris Carter, another tryout, but this time the circumstances are different and indications are he is close to signing.

Duron Carter could sign with the Minnesota Vikings soon after getting his second chance to make an impression with the team his Hall of Fame father played for.

Duron, the son of former Vikings receiver Cris Carter, is scheduled to have dinner with receivers coach George Stewart and a member of the team’s front office Thursday and work out for the team on Friday morning. According to a source, the Vikings “have a very competitive offer on the table” and “if his workout goes well, he’ll agree to a contract.”

Carter also had workouts with the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs, but the Vikings are believed to be his first choice. Some of that may have to do with his father’s decade-long affiliation with the team, but Duron said in his first attempt to make the Vikings back in 2013 that Stewart was a deciding factor for him choosing to come to Minnesota’s rookie minicamp weekend back then instead of going with the Baltimore Ravens.

“It was really 50-50. Coach Stewart was the one that got me to come here. He said he wanted me to come work with him,” Duron said in May 2013. “You know he has a history with great receivers with T.O. (Terrell Owens in San Francisco) and Roddy White and I’m just glad to be a part of the association.”

The 6-foot-3 receiver struggled with academics throughout his college career that spanned four schools because he couldn’t stay eligible, but Cris told USA TODAY before Duron’s 2013 workout that Duron has an IQ in excess of 130 and received a 28 on the practice Wonderlic test he took.

Duron started out at Cris’ alma mater, Ohio State. There he caught 13 passes for the Buckeyes in 2009 before being ruled academically ineligible prior to their Rose Bowl game.

He transferred to Coffeyville Community College, where he had 44 catches for 690 yards and 10 touchdowns. Then it was on to Alabama, where he never played a down because of academic issues, and the same story at Florida Atlantic, his final college stop.

He entered the 2013 NFL Draft but wasn’t selected. After not making an NFL roster, he signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. In 2013, he had 49 catches for 909 yards and five touchdowns. Last year, he had an outstanding season. He led them in receptions (75), yards (1,030) and touchdowns (7).

This time, Carter will be working out for a different coaching staff. Although Stewart remains the receivers coach, Norv Turner is now the offensive coordinator and Mike Zimmer is the head coach. Back in 2013, it was Bill Musgrave as the coordinator and Leslie Frazier as the head coach.

“He’s got great size. I mean, that sticks out. He has good hands and moves well,” Frazier said after Carter’s workout two years ago.

Duron was one of 34 rookies on a tryout basis in 2013 and didn’t end up with a contract. This time, there isn’t that level competition to gain the attention of the coaching staff.

Duron grew up in Minnesota when Cris was building his Hall of Fame résumé with the Vikings, but Duron said in 2013 that he couldn’t worry about what his father did with the Vikings.

“Just be myself. You can’t be Cris Carter,” he said. “I can only be Duron Carter.”

But he might be Duron Carter, the Minnesota Viking, soon.


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