He’s back: Edmonton Elks sign Duron Carter, will play him at defensive back

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Duron Carter is coming back to the CFL.

A two-time league all-star at wide receiver, Carter is headed to the Edmonton Elks as a defensive back.

Carter is a veteran of six CFL seasons, having spent time with the Montreal Alouettes (2013-14, 2016), Saskatchewan Roughriders (2017-18), Toronto Argonauts (2018), and the B.C. Lions (2019). Carter has been the head coach at North Palm Beach Prep in Port Saint Lucie, Fla. since May 2021.

The Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. native has 343 career receptions for 4,764 yards and 30 touchdowns. His CFL all-star seasons came in 2014 with the Alouettes when he recorded 75 receptions for 1,030 yards and seven touchdowns and the Roughriders in 2017  when he made 73 receptions for 1,043 yards and eight touchdowns.

While Carter has featured primarily at wide receiver throughout his career, he does have previous defensive back experience under Elks’ head coach and general manager Chris Jones from their time together in Saskatchewan.

Carter appeared as a cornerback for the Riders once in 2017 and five times in 2018. Over his six CFL games on defence, Carter has two interception returns for touchdowns. His first came in his CFL defensive debut in 2017 (43 yards vs. Calgary in Week 18) and his second came in his first game on defence in 2018 (28 yards vs. Ottawa in Week 2).