Over the past month, Colts fans have been asking repeatedly for any update on Duron Carter, the Canadian Football League wide receiver and son of NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter who is now eligible to work out for NFL teams. The Colts are one of the teams reportedly "very interested" in the receiver and our comments section here on the site often include references to the potential of the team signing him. That's why I write this article: because I know Colts fans are keeping a close eye on the situation.
In his terrific weekly scouting notebook for Bleacher Report that is usually full of good nuggets regarding the draft, Matt Miller dropped this bit of information in his notebook for week fourteen:
The Canadian Football League doesn't get much play in this article, but wide receiver Duron Carter is a unique prospect north of the border. The son of Hall of Famer Cris Carter, Duron can sign with NFL teams this season. I'm told by a source close to Carter his preference is playing with the Indianapolis Colts - a preference no doubt influenced by the presence of quarterback Andrew Luck.
So according to Miller, Carter's preference is the Colts. According to CBS's Jason La Canfora a few days ago, there are around 15 teams interested in Carter but the Colts are one of three "very interested" (along with the Seahawks and 49ers).
It makes perfect sense for Carter to want to play with the Colts. If he was signed, he would be playing with Andrew Luck, who is on pace to throw for 5,000 yards and 45 touchdowns this year in just his third NFL season and who is already among the top quarterbacks in the league. If you're a receiver, why wouldn't you want to play with Luck? Furthermore, Carter wouldn't have to have all the pressure on him right away. While for some players they'd want to go somewhere where they could step in right away, if Carter signed with the Colts in February (the earliest he's actually able to sign with a team) then he would join some other good receiving weapons. Next year, it seems that T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief will be playing on the outside and, if Reggie Wayne chooses to return, he'd be in the slot. That's in addition to two good receiving tight ends in Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener. Carter would likely get opportunities, but he would likely play a role similar to that of Moncrief this year. In other words, getting some opportunities but not being counted on to be a huge part of the offense right away. That seems like a great fit for Carter, as he'd be joining one of the NFL's best offenses with one of the NFL's best quarterbacks. It makes perfect sense.
So according to Miller, Duron Carter prefers the Colts, and reportedly the Colts are interested as well. Carter can't officially sign until February, but the talk of him and the Colts is continuing to gain traction.