It has been a while since we talked about Duron Carter, but now that it is getting closer to when he can actually sign with a team, the talk is picking up a bit. Notably, he is beginning to visit NFL teams to work out. And his father, NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter, both confirmed that his son will work out for the Colts and added when that will be:
I think Jan 5 RT"@UKColtsFans: @criscarter80 when is @DC_CHILLIN_8 visiting Indy?"— Cris Carter (@criscarter80) December 29, 2014
As if his father's confirmation wasn't enough, however, CBS's Jason La Canfora also reported this afternoon that Duron Carter has begun visiting teams and that the Colts will be one of those teams.
Duron Carter had his 1st NFL visit today, in Tampa. Also scheduled to visit MIN, KC, and IND on tis first leg. Son of HOF WR Cris Carter— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) December 30, 2014
If Duron Carter does not sign with someone this week, a second leg of visits could include BAL, SEA, SF and AZ. Lot of NFL interest in him— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) December 30, 2014
La Canfora also reiterated a previous report about the Colts being "very interested" in the receiver:
I would expect the Colts, as I reported back in Nov., to be particularly aggressive in trying to sign Carter— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) December 30, 2014
Duron Carter is an incredibly talented wide receiver who is young and who possesses good size, but off-field issues led to issues for him. He didn't stick around with an NFL team despite getting some shots and instead headed to the Canadian Football League, where he developed even more into a good receiver. In 2013, he caught 49 passes for 909 yards and 5 touchdowns while in 2014 he caught 75 passes for 1,030 yards and 7 scores. He is a highly sought after receiver by many teams, including the Colts. Earlier this month, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller reported that Carter would prefer to play for the Colts, too. While he can't officially sign until February, he can work out for teams - and one of those teams that he'll work out for soon is the Colts.
For Indy, it makes perfect sense to go after Carter. The Colts would be a great situation for the young receiver, as they have a strong locker room and they have veterans who could work with Carter. Furthermore, he could learn and continue to develop as a receiver without being counted on so much that it's all on him. The Colts will have T.Y. Hilton, who has emerged as a star, and Donte Moncrief, who showed great promise this season in his rookie year. Adding Carter to that mix would be a boost, but he wouldn't have to be the guy right away. And, of course, they have Andrew Luck at quarterback - so what young receiver wouldn't want to play with him? It's also very likely that Hakeem Nicks will walk in free agency and there's a real possibility that Reggie Wayne could retire at the end of the season, leaving the team in need of receiver help. Signing Duron Carter makes sense for both parties, and it sounds like both sides are interested. The next step will be Carter visiting the Colts.