On Thursday, the Minnesota Vikings signed someone named Carter who had recently spent time in the Canadian Football League.
Just not that one.
No, in this case, we're referring to cornerback Jalil Carter, who played for the Toronto Argonauts from 2012 to 2014. Jalil Carter was released from his contract with the Argonauts, which left him able to sign with an NFL team. That differntiates him from receiver Duron Carter, who is technically still under contract to the Montreal Alouettes until February and, hence, can't sign with an NFL team until then.
The Vikings signed Carter to a reserve/futures contract.
Carter played his college ball at the University of Akron, and went undrafted in 2011. He spent time on the practice squad of the St. Louis Rams, and also played for the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League before heading north of the border. He's a bigger corner, measuring in at 6'1" and a little over 200 pounds. He had just one career interception in the CFL, but did manage to collect six sacks, including five in 2014.
Over at Vikings Territory, Arif has this interesting tidbit about Carter.
Carter is a bit of a speed demon, having run a 4.38 40-yard dash at his Pro Day, but without a lot of other physical traits (after adjusting for weight) to his name. Average-to-below average agility means he may be better suited to outside coverage (and at 6'1″ it's possible), though the Vikings may simply be interested in his kick returning. There aren't a lot of scouting reports on Carter out there because he declared for the draft as a receiver, and that's what the Rams signed him as in 2011-not something he did in the CFL or evidently with the Vikings.
That leaves it a bit unclear of what Carter's (potential) role with the Vikings would be, but he'll have a chance to compete for a spot on the team.