Last offseason, the Colts signed wide receiver Duron Carter out of the Canadian Football League. A year later, Carter is heading back to the CFL. The Montreal Alouettes announced today that Carter has signed a one-year contract with the team, where he spent two seasons before signing with the Colts.
Carter, the son of NFL Hall of Fame wideout Cris Carter, has talent and potential but was never able to get it together enough with the Colts to make the active roster. He worked out with the team all offseason and in training camp, and he was one of the biggest stars of camp for the Colts. He also had a solid preseason, leading the team with 126 yards on nine catches, averaging 14 yards per reception. He didn't do quite enough to make the team out of camp, however, as the Colts had depth at the position, but Carter was signed to the practice squad. He stayed there for the entire season, and reports have suggested that he drew some interest from other teams but never enough to be signed. After the season ended, Carter wasn't signed to a reserve/future contract (it's unclear whether the team didn't offer him one or whether he turned it down), making him a free agent. Instead of hoping for another NFL try this offseason with 90-man rosters, Carter is instead heading back to the CFL.
In 2014, Carter was a CFL All-Star as he caught 75 passes for 1,030 yards and seven touchdowns in 15 games for the Alouettes. He spent the 2013 and 2014 seasons there and played well enough to warrant NFL consideration and a shot with the Colts, but it never worked out as well as many had hoped. So now the 24-year old receiver is heading back to where he was not too long ago as he seeks to pick his CFL career up right where he left off. It will be interesting to see whether Carter plays his way into another NFL shot, as it's a bit surprising to see him heading back to the Alouettes this early in the offseason. Perhaps that's a sign of the interest level in him (or lack thereof), or perhaps it's him hoping to continue to develop and get better while in the CFL. Either way, best of luck to Duron Carter moving forward.