It’s finally official: Duron Carter signs with the Toronto Argonauts

The Toronto Argonauts have confirmed the worst kept secret in the CFL: the league’s most notorious (pot) smoker is coming to The Big Smoke.

The Argos officially announced the signing of receiver Duron Carter on Sunday, just over two weeks after he was unexpectedly released by the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Carter reportedly visited the Argos last week before going on a fishing trip.

Current Argonauts general manager Jim Popp bought Carter to the CFL in 2013 when he held the same position in Montreal.  Over 40 games with Montreal, Carter made 185 receptions for 2,877 yards and 17 touchdowns. The Alouettes released Carter 14 games through the 2016 season,though the decision had more to do with then-head coach Jacques Chapdelaine than Popp.

Carter has the same agent, Mitch Frankel, as Toronto Raptors’ star Kawhi Leonard and the two athletes know each other well. That’s just one of the basketball-related ties the playmaking pass catcher has to Toronto: Uncle Butch Carter, brother of Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter, played six seasons in the NBA and was the head coach of the Raptors for three seasons (1998-2000) lives in the GTA.

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, rather unexpectedly on Aug. 11.

Through 65 career CFL games, Carter has 266 receptions for 4,031 yards and 26 touchdowns, averaging 980 receiving yards per season.

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