A lot of Colts fans here have expressed significant interest in former CFL wide receiver Duron Carter, who is currently an NFL free agent and working out for teams but cannot officially sign until February. He worked out for the Colts earlier in the week and was working out with the Vikings, the team his dad (Hall of Famer Cris Carter) played for. And it sounds like the Vikings are his top choice.
"It went really well," Carter said of today's workout, according to Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I met everybody and it looked really good. I like Minnesota, I like the facilities, I like the coaches and everything. It seems like things are looking up. I would say Minnesota is probably my front-runner right now."
According to Craig, Carter later affirmed that the Vikings were his number one choice but that, since he can't sign anyway, he'll continue to look around and work out for teams to explore his options.
"It felt like being back home," Carter said after the workout, per ESPN's Vikings reporter Ben Goessling. "I used to run around that facility when I was little. It still hasn't changed -- I remember some of the cooking people, I still remember where everything is. When I was in for the rookie minicamp, it felt really overwhelming. But this was completely different from the minicamp, from the standpoint of them wanting me and pursuing me. It felt a lot better."
Of course, the Colts seem very much in play still (per Goessling), and it seems like the Vikings and Colts are clearly the frontrunners to land the former CFL standout, though he still will likely work out for other teams too.
It makes a lot of sense for him to be very interested in playing for the Vikings, as that's where his dad established himself as a Hall of Famer and where Duron spent time while growing up. As he alluded to, he was a part of rookie minicamp with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent a few years ago but didn't stick around. He went to the CFL, where he become a standout receiver and drew the attention of a number of NFL teams. His talent, size, and youth provide a very intriguing option for many teams, as he could continue to develop into a good player in the National Football League. He's so highly sought after, in fact, that Goessling is hearing that the signing bonus might be in the $100,000 range on a three-year deal, which is a lot for a CFL player.
We'll continue to monitor the situation with Carter, as it sounds like the Colts are still very much in play for the receiver. For now, you can check out our own Andrew Aziz's fantastic in-depth scouting breakdown of Carter.