Saskatchewan shocker: Riders release Duron Carter

Duron Carter has been released by the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The Riders confirmed the stunning news.

Carter contacted head coach and general manager Chris Jones to see if it was true.

During the 2017 season, Carter led the Riders in 2017 with 1,043 receiving yards and nine touchdowns (including one on defence) during the regular season, earning him the Riders Most Outstanding Player award. He re-signed for the 2018 season in January. Carter was due to make $144,000 in hard money throughout the 2018 CFL season.

Carter made eight receptions for 111 yards in seven games on the season while recording 13 tackles and an interception return for a touchdown plus one knockdown as a defensive back before Saskatchewan cut him late Saturday night.

It’s the second time in Carter’s career that he’s been let go during a season, the other came in October 2016 when the Montreal Alouettes cut the enigmatic receiver.

In June, Carter pleaded not guilty to a charge of possessing pot at the Saskatoon airport last February. He is scheduled to stand trial in December. He pleaded guilty earlier in June to a similar offence at Winnipeg’s airport in November 2017. Carter was granted an absolute discharge.

But maybe Carter is done with football altogether.

-with CP files

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