Vikings lose out on Duron Carter

The Vikings lost out on signing receiver Duron Carter, the son of Cris Carter, to the Indianapolis Colts, a move that became official on Monday.

The Vikings won’t be adding Duron Carter, the son of former Vikings receiver Cris Carter, to their roster.

The Indianapolis Colts announced on Monday that they have agreed to terms of a contract with Duron Carter after the 6-foot-5, 205-pound receiver visited them, the Vikings and a few other teams in January as he looks to make the jump from an impressive couple of years with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

Carter visited with Vikings receivers coach George Stewart and a member of the front office in January before a workout the following day. He had also tried out for the Vikings in 2013.

In two seasons with the Alouettes, Carter had 124 catches for 1,939 yards and 12 touchdowns. In 2014, he was named a CFL All-Star after leading the team with career highs of 75 receptions for 1,030 yards and seven touchdowns, including an 11-catch, 181-yard performance for them in Week 19 last year.

Russ Lande, the Director of U.S. College Scouting for the Alouettes, said he believes Carter can be a starter in the NFL.

“No question. I think he physically is as gifted as at least half the starting receivers in the league,” Lande said. “Is he a blazer? No. But he’s smooth, he’s a tremendous athlete as far as body control, concentration and the ability to make great catches. He has great balance to run through hits and keep his feet. His ability to make great catches is remarkable.”

Lande compared Carter to Sidney Rice, a big-bodied receiver with good hands but lacking elite speed.

Carter started his college career 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.

Still, Lande said Carter is a smart person who needed to mature and take school seriously. He believes the maturation process made big strides with the Alouettes. But Lande said at the Senior Bowl last month he believed the Colts were the favorites to sign Carter and a good choice for him.

“For some reason I just get the feeling that the Colts – they’re the most in tune with the CFL of any team in the NFL,” Lande said. “Ryan Grigson is, I think, the most open GM in terms of he’s going to look anywhere and everywhere for players and I think because they have Jerrell Freeman, who was a CFL guy and was a star for them, and they have Justin Hickman, who played in the CFL, I think that may sway a little bit in that, hey, if I’m going to sign with a team and I’m not a sure thing of making it and I’m not getting $3 million up front, I’m getting maybe 50 grand or a hundred grand, I want to go somewhere where they’re committed to bringing in players from different places and they’re going to develop. To me that’s what makes the Colts unique.”

The average starter in the CFL makes about $80,000 to $100,000, so Carter will have the opportunity to make much more with the Colts.

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