Duron Carter had an NFL workout scheduled with the Arizona Cardinals, per sources.
The workout was set to go ahead in mid-March, however, the coronavirus pandemic put it on hold for the foreseeable future. The soon-to-be 29-year-old spent the 2015 season on the Indianapolis Colts’ practice roster.
Carter got that shot at the NFL after two productive seasons with the Montreal Alouettes. He was a standout CFL rookie in 2013, recording 909 yards and five majors on 49 catches. Those numbers were followed by a season in which he recorded 75 receptions, 1,030 yards and seven touchdowns en route to being named a league all-star.
Carter’s best CFL campaign came in 2017 with the Saskatchewan Roughriders when he led the green and white with 1,043 receiving yards and nine touchdowns (including one on defence). He earned the Riders’ Most Outstanding Player award while making plays as a receiver and defensive back.
Chris Jones re-signed Carter for the 2018 season and he was due to make $144,000 in hard money. He made eight receptions, 13 tackles, and one pick-six in seven games before Saskatchewan cut him that August. It was quite a surprise move to Carter.
At that point, Carter said he might be done with football. However, Carter spoke with the B.C. Lions during the period he was free to sign anywhere, but ended up signing with the Toronto Argonauts for the remainder of the season.
Carter suited up for eight games in 2018 with the double blue, catching 18 balls for 230 yards and two touchdowns — by far the lowest single-season totals of his career.
The B.C. Lions signed Carter in free agency last year. He played all 18 regular season games with the Leos and caught 67 balls for 614 yards and three touchdowns. Mike Reilly was the trigger man in B.C. and Carter admitted he could’ve had a better rapport with the Lions’ franchise QB.
Overall, Carter has played in 91 career CFL games, making 343 catches for 4,764 yards with 30 touchdowns. He has played in four NFL pre-season games in which he made nine grabs for 126 yards — 14 yards per reception.
There is no doubting Carter has the talent to earn an NFL roster spot. Personnel men I’ve spoken with south of the border believed during his time with the Colts that he had the ability to be a high-end option in the NFL.
Current Cards receiver Larry Fitzgerald baby sat Carter when he was a kid, the two grew up together. 2006 Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith, who played in the NFL and alongside the rangy target in Montreal, believes Carter’s talent needs to be seen on Sundays. Men with NFL experience believe Carter could make an impact in the NFL, including his Hall of Fame father, Cris Carter.
With the new collective bargaining agreement creating more NFL jobs, it’s easy to see why a new-age coach like Kliff Kingsbury would take a look at an intriguing play-maker such as Carter.