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.