Riders’ Duron Carter turned down contract offers from two NFL teams

Duron Carter said thanks but no thanks to multiple NFL franchises so far this off-season.

“He’s had a couple opportunities that he actually turned down, he turned down Arizona and he turned down Baltimore,” Riders general manager and head coach Chris Jones told TSN’s Dave Naylor.

“So we’ll see exactly where he’s going. He wants somebody that cares about him and says you’re a great player let’s do this. It seems that’s what he’s looking for. I’m going down to South Florida here in a couple of days to hopefully be able sit down with him and see what he’s thinking about.”

The son of Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter has had one NFL stint already. After two stellar seasons with Montreal in 2013 and 2014, Carter was signed by the Indianapolis Colts, but he was not retained after the 2015 season. An NFL scout watched Carter live at the East semifinal in Ottawa.

Carter had an excellent regular season with Saskatchewan making 73 grabs for 1,043 yards and eight touchdowns, the latter two statistics were career highs. Jones has created an atmosphere where Carter can be himself and it’s been productive for both the player and team. He’s a pending free agent in February.

“Duron is certainly an interesting character. I thoroughly enjoyed coaching him and look forward to hopefully coaching him again,” Jones said.

Over 58 games in the three-down league, the 26-year-old has 258 receptions for 3,920 yards – over 67 yards per game – and 25 touchdowns while twice being named a CFL all-star.

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43 Comments on Riders’ Duron Carter turned down contract offers from two NFL teams

  1. Terrible reporting. What are you guys? His press agent? If he has turned down an NFL offer it is because it was a so-called futures deal – a one way team option – offered to training camp fodder. So you guys buy the story that he is looking for love and just hasn’t found it?

  2. solara2000 // January 10, 2018 at 11:31 am //

    I agree DC was probably offered a ‘futures’ contract but I don’t think that diminishes his decision to reject them, in fact I think it is a sign of his maturing process. I also agree with Jones’ comments that he wants to have a sense of being valued (who doesn’t) and I think the franchise (either in CFL or No Fun League) that is able to demonstrate that will sign him.

    • Absolutely, and this is what every player should be doing. You don’t want to be just camp fodder. You want to go to a team that wants you on their team, so you shouldn’t accept just any contract offer. You should only accept an offer that shows a strong commitment to you, and generally this is done by giving you a good chunk of guaranteed money.

      As a side note, why does 3DN keep repeating that there was a scout watching Carter at East semifinal? NFL teams sign LOTS of CFL players, and they scout the players they sign. There will have been lots of NFL scouts at CFL games this year, and at that game in particular I’m sure there were many NFL scouts scouting many different players. The fact that you keep repeating that one line as though it was significant in some way makes you sound like you don’t know what you’re talking about.

  3. So let me get this straight. He turned down 2 offers from teams that are fairly week at the WR position.The league minimum is $450,000 US. He would rather play in the CFL for maybe $200,000 CDN. All because he wants to be loved….Please, give me a break.

    • Jeff Garcia's Agent // January 10, 2018 at 12:45 pm //

      When you have a trust fund, you can make decisions like this.

      • Exactly, not to beat a dead horse, but Manzel is in the same situation being financially set not having to play football ever again !!! In comparing the two proverbial bad boys in this case Carter I feel is showing a ton more maturity then the needy Manzel. lol Maybe Coach Jones would be GOOD For Jonny Football, just kidding , Carter is welcome back in Sask, not so with Manzel for my part. ,

    • For some guys its about playing and not the money. If this is the case I just gained some respect for the man. Who cares what they pay you if you never play.

      • Billinburlington // January 10, 2018 at 8:02 pm //

        I was thinking the same thing… if he turned down NFL money to continue playing in the CFL – then that says a lot about his character… I’m impressed.

        Perhaps DC can make a few extra bucks consulting privately for Manziel and his agent.

    • He does not want to be released early by a team that does not see immediate results?

    • Practice roster salary is $7200US per week, or about $115,000 US for a full season. If a team was only interested in keeping him around on the PR as an emergency replacement then he’d be losing money, and not playing.

      With Carter, however, I suspect that the issue is a different one. Carter easily has the talent to be a starter in the NFL, but his free spirit personality does not fit in with the NFL way of doing things. If the thinks that a team is only intrigued by his physical abilities and doesn’t understand him as a person, then he may well think, “here we go again”. He really needs the right fit in terms of people “getting” him and accepting him, otherwise things will probably not end well. He’s in a different position than a lot of players in that he doesn’t really need to maximize his income. He has a wealthy father so he doesn’t need to take care of his family, and in the long run he may well make more money in a long CFL career than he would in a short and tortured NFL career. And it would set him up better for a post football career in perhaps the media, where he could follow in the footsteps of his father. There are lots of things to consider beyond just the value of next year’s contract.

      • Fantastic take. You’re not very good at being an internet troll.

        • $115,000 US Dollars is almost $190,000 Canadian. With the signing of both Bridge and Collaros, it would make it very difficult to pay him that. If he’s so confident in his abilities, why would he not want to take a shot?

          • Carter may just really enjoy playing in Sask. under Jones, some places just work for certain people. The Rider organization is stable , they have a great new facility that gives a min NFL feel, and Duron is a ROCK star in Sask. Again perhaps he is matured beomce content and happy regarding the possibility of playing in Sask for many years to come .

          • I take it you failed math. At 80 cents US per dollar it would be around $145,000. You weren’t even close. In fact this post is so stupid from top to bottom I’m guessing it’s another horsie post.

          • If you use a Conversion calculator, it comes out to over $188,000.Excusw my ignorance hero. The big question is, if DC is such an unbelievable player, why would he want to stay in Sask. Oh yeah, he likes Chris Jones kissing his a$$.

        • “You’re not very good at being an internet troll.”

          ???

  4. Harry Bradshaw // January 10, 2018 at 11:55 am //

    Have you guys ever heard the saying “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”? $200,000 guaranteed is worth a lot more than a possibility of $450,000. Carter knows he can play for the Riders, he has no guarantee he will catch on in the NFL. I’m not for a minute proposing to know his thinking, but I think I understand his reasoning.

    • I believe D Carter gas such a fat ego to go along with a rich daddy that he would turn down NFL offers to stay in sask where the fans are Rider crazy and love the guy. He’s a superstar with the Riders and a risky head case anywhere else.

      • Jeremiah was a Bull Frog // January 10, 2018 at 8:28 pm //

        The only risky head case is the dude that considers SK is the only team that wanted DC. Man wake up dude. The real world is calling. 3 Western teams and 1 Eastern team tried to sign DC when he was released by Montreal. Guess what Dufuss… He did the same thing then as he’s doing now. He picked the team and coaching staff that he liked best. Man some of the comments on here from dudes like Rick are beyond idiotic. Nothing more than self serving BS served with an IQ of a grade school kid.

        • Jeremiah. No one tried to sign DC after he was cut by Montreal. Sask was his last chance in football.

  5. Based on comments he made about Zylstra accepting a futures contract, I have to assume he was offered the same and rebuffed the offers. The difference between the two is Zylstra is willing to accept anything to be given a chance to play and use his talent to earn a spot in the NFL, where Carter is saying give me some guarantees otherwise I am not interested.

  6. Yaaaay! Troll posts have disappeared! Please keep doing that!

  7. If it’s a futures deal, then it would be basically being signed to the Practice Roster. He wants to play, not be hidden away as an injury replacement, so I could understand him turning up his nose at those. In fact I think more CFL players should refuse the futures deals. It’s almost like a paid Neg List spot for NFL teams, and keep the players from signing contracts from other teams that could genuinely use their help but didn’t jump right away to sign them.

    If Carter turned down deals for standard contracts, then hey, it looks good for the CFL.

    • Remember in defence of players signing Futures contracts, it’s an opportunity for them to go HOME back to the states with a real possibility of playing in the NFL. AS pointed out , even on a practice roster they earn over 100k American ( which is a above average salary for a average American worker. They also can work in their careers during the off season ///have made business contacts from their professional status etc.) Again they are ROCK stars from their college days and even if on a NFL practice roster for a couple years can parlay that into a high school or college coaching position possibly that will pay well for the rest of their lives . For many of those young men even that is a dream come true. AS well most value where it all started for them as well, that being the CFL;;; ergo its growing popularity in the USA. interestingly the CFL has a much higher profile in the states now then 20 years ago.

  8. Carter rocks…CFL Hall of Famer down the road

  9. Jeff Garcia's Agent // January 10, 2018 at 12:48 pm //

    Zylstra signed with his hometown team. Given that he was worked out by multiple teams and reportedly received at least one offer from another NFL team, Zylstra’s decision showed he values more than just money as well.

  10. So NFL base salary is $450k. What is practice roster pay, ie: Bighill – What’s he making with the Saints? And what would Zylstra’s deal on a futures contract look like? Love him or hate him Duron Carter is great for the league.

  11. Take this // January 10, 2018 at 2:10 pm //

    Zylstra’s ego does not constantly need a boost. He is far more mature and confident than Carter. So he is willing to take a chance that will take up to several months of his life to realize his dream of playing in the NFL and make $450,000 a year. How many of you would not give up several months to make that kind of money, knowing that your present job will still be there if the big one falls through? Edmonton would take Zylstra back in a heartbeat if his opportunity didn’t work out. I say good for Zylstra for trying. He will have no regrets and no questions of what might have been.
    Carter did not make $200,000 last year and probably would not be signed for that this year either. He would however have Jones to babysit him and tell him how great he is.

    • @Take This: you’re clearly out of touch and just speculating. Maybe you should write for 3D

      • Take this // January 10, 2018 at 4:19 pm //

        I’m out of touch but anyone that knows that Jones spends about fifteen minutes every day in the season to tell Duron how great he is and how loved he is and still thinks that Duron is now mature, they are in touch with reality? Needing to be constantly told how great and how loved you are is a sure sign of insecurity and immaturity.
        Of course, I am speculating about how much Jones would sign Carter for this year but aren’t you all speculating on the same matter when you talk about a $200,000 contract. But I understand where you are coming from because heaven forbid that anyone should say anything less than complimentary about Chris Jones and Duron Carter. To do that, one must be a Stamps fan or a Bombers fan, which I am neither. Pitiful.

        • Ridersnhabs // January 10, 2018 at 7:20 pm //

          And you are in these meetings? You know what’s being discussed ? Are you Nixon is this watergate ? For all you know they could be talking about the walking dead or you , same difference.

  12. What ever motovates someone
    to play at their best is a plus. A good player will respond to positive praise as any one would. Outside of Duron Carter, why should anyone care what he makes. As long as he is happy. Duron should come back to Saskatchewan where he is wanted and thrives. Tear it up Duron, show your stuff. The heck with the
    ” ney sayers “.

  13. I applaud Carter’s patience. Don’t jump at any opportunity. Ask the right questions of your potential employer. He wants a true and fair shot.

    Many players get signed and never get a fair shot. Just a body to fill for preseason games while the true starters rest. Coaches usually know the vast majority who will get cut before camp starts. Gotta read between the lines. I it doesn’t feel right, don’t sign just because.
    Carter wants to have fun. He wants guarantees. I remember Dressier was cut by the Chiefs. Dressed 3 games. Had like 1 pass thrown at him and played with backups and fellow guaranteed cuts. Never got a shot with starters I assume, especially a starting QB. He may not have made it anyway but he was setup to fail and I’m sure many are.
    So asking for. Ore guarantees, fair play and a legitimate shot are his right.
    I’m impressed by Carter. I’m. Raiders fan too. So many dropped passes. I think he can start there. IMO.
    Coming back to Sask would be awesome too. He got respect and love. He can potentially become a legend and leave a legacy. Maybe with another CFL team too but I hope not. Wherever he ends up I’ll be cheering for his success.

  14. What ever motivates someone to play at their best is a plus. A good player will respond to positive praise as any one would. Outside of Duron Carter, why should anyone care what he makes. As long as he is happy. Duron should come back to Saskatchewan where he is wanted and thrives. Tear it up Duron, show your stuff. The heck with the ”naysayers“. Duron is a great player.

  15. Take this // January 10, 2018 at 4:36 pm //

    In Regina, anything bad he does will be forgotten. Not a chance. Fans in Saskatchewan can turn on a dime and will. Players can go from hero to zero almost overnight. That has been a constant for many years.

    • Ridersnhabs // January 10, 2018 at 7:28 pm //

      Omg that’s funny , oh ya that only happens here . No other fans of any other sports team does that just rider fans . Did you just wake up on a fantasy cloud that has you so far from reality ?

  16. Take this: pretending you have any idea what goes on in the regular meetI gave between Jones and Carter is laughable. It just makes you look petty and jealous. Yes we know they meet regularly. You have no more idea than anyone else what they discuss beyond what Jones has revealed-which is relatively little. Quit preaching your version as fact. It puts you waaaaayyyy over that trolling line.

  17. Carters father has publicly said his son Duron LOVES the CFL. I think he loves the freedom the CFL gives him to be himself and the closeness he has with the fans on and off the field. Once he finds a good Canadian girl to be his wife he will be a CFL lifer and future Canadian citizen. Has happened many times prior to now and those guys have long successful careers north of the lower 48.

  18. Take this // January 10, 2018 at 6:32 pm //

    Did you read the article? Jones himself said that Carter wants someone who cares about him and tells him he is great. That’s what Jones gives him. But I knew the insults were coming because I said something derogatory about Jones and Carter. What was I thinking?

  19. Edward Leslie // January 11, 2018 at 12:32 am //

    It’s obvious that Carter’s previous experience in the NFL wasn’t an overly positive one. Mostly he was stuck on the Practice squad. I think his main goal is playing, not making a few more dollars. So, if he enjoys playing in the CFL and can still get $150,000-250,000 here for playing football for five months, What’s wrong with that? Sounds good to me.

  20. Colourmegreen // January 16, 2018 at 10:56 pm //

    Carter has been in the NFL before and obviously it didn’t work for him and he came back. He won’t repeat that avenue again. John Chick bounced from practice roster to practice roster, making more than CFL but he came back. I think because an athlete wants to not only play but leave real stats of thier career. Not everyone is like Tate who is a professional backup, never leaving a legacy.

    We will see if a team actually signs him and plays him in NFL. He will play in CFL.

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