Lions’ Wally Buono seemed interested in Duron Carter, Ed Hervey not so much

The B.C. Lions did communicate interest in recently-released receiver Duron Carter.

“Yes, we have talked about D.C. We’ve expressed where we’re at,” Leos head coach Wally Buono said.

“This is a guy who’s got great talent, but also too he’s a high profile individual. If the GM doesn’t go out and investigate it, if he doesn’t have the knowledge he needs to make a decision then I’m not sure that we would say he’s doing his job. In fairness to Ed [Hervey], he’s doing his due diligence. I won’t speak for Ed, but before anything occurs this will be a decision made by him and we’ll have input from everybody else. I told Ed I trust his instincts.”

Back when Hervey was the general manager in Edmonton, the Eskimos were in the mix to sign Carter before he inked a deal with the Riders. Hervey is calling the personnel shots on the Left coast and the Lions could make their push up the West standings even stronger with Carter. Ricky Collins Jr. has been solid but there is no denying putting Carter with Manny Arceneaux and Bryan Burnham would form a terrific trio.

Offensive coordinator Jarious Jackson and receivers coach Markus Howell were both coaching in Riderville for the 2017 season when Carter had single-season career-highs with 1,043 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. The two men know Carter skills and personality intimately.

Travis Lulay is the unquestioned leader of the offence a role Carter admitted he didn’t want to take on in Regina. The steady veteran presence Lulay brings along with a resume that includes a Grey Cup championship, Grey Cup MVP and CFL MOP award commands respect. Playing the remainder of the season while catching balls from the most decorated quarterback Carter has ever had in the CFL could make a lot of sense.

But that’s not going to happen in 2018, at least.

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