During the courtship. . .if you can call it that. . .of former Canadian Football League receiver Duron Carter, we've stressed that the son of Minnesota Vikings' legend Cris Carter could not sign with an NFL team until 10 February, when his contract with the Montreal Alouettes is set to expire. However, a recent development could put the drama (such as it is) to an end more quickly than that.
Per Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star, the Alouettes are set to release Carter from his contract as soon as he reaches an agreement with an NFL team. Because he would be released, he would be a free agent (much like fellow former CFL player Jalil Carter, who the Vikings signed back on 16 January.
Per ESPN's Ben Goessling, Carter has apparently narrowed his search down to two teams, and those two teams are believed to be the Vikings and the Indianapolis Colts. There have been rumors that the Colts are the front-runner to sign Carter, but Duron Carter himself said that the Vikings were the favorite after his workout with the team on 9 January. . .a workout that came after his visit to Indianapolis.
So, we might know something on the Duron Carter front earlier than we had originally anticipated. While the signing of Duron Carter would be intriguing from a storyline standpoint, it would simply add to the rapidly-developing logjam that seems to be developing at the wide receiver position for the Vikings. But more competition is never a bad thing when it comes to building a roster.