So much for the Vikings “probably” being the frontrunner to sign wide receiver Duron Carter.
Carter, the son of Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter who worked out for his dad’s old team three weeks ago, reportedly will sign a contract with the Colts.
After failing to make the Vikings roster after a tryout two years ago, Carter landed in the Canadian Football League and became one of that league’s most productive receivers, catching 75 passes for 1,030 yards and seven touchdowns for the Montreal Alouettes this past season. His production and potential helped him draw the interest of NFL teams after his season ended.
The 23-year-old had recently narrowed his choices down to the Vikings and the Colts after meeting with several NFL teams over the past month.
Carter’s meeting with the Vikings, which came after his initial visit with the Colts, was on Jan. 11. After dinner with wide receivers coach George Stewart the night before, the 6-foot-5, 205-pound receiver worked out for the team at Winter Park.
“The Vikings are No. 1, but I might as well go around and see what everybody is talking about,” Carter told my Star Tribune colleague, Mark Craig, after the workout.
But apparently Carter has decided to join the Colts, who have won back-to-back AFC South titles and have one of the league’s top quarterbacks in Andrew Luck, over the Vikings.
ESPN, who employs Cris Carter, first reported that Duron Carter was finalizing a deal with the Colts.