By Nick Shook | NFL.com
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Duron Carter is getting a second chance in the NFL.
The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to terms with Carter, a wide receiver who makes his return to the league after spending two seasons in the Canadian Football League, the team announced Monday.
Once a major Division I recruit, Carter bounced around multiple schools, spending time at Ohio State, Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College, Alabama and Florida Atlantic. Carrying a checkered academic past and a reputation for immaturity, his only option became to declare for the NFL draft, where he went undrafted in 2013.
Carter got his first shot in the league with the Minnesota Vikings, who worked him out in 2013. He eventually landed in the CFL with the Montreal Alouettes, where he played for two seasons, compiling 1,939 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns on 124 receptions.
Carter is the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter, who also had a troubled past while playing as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles before getting it under control and compiling a legendary career with the Minnesota Vikings. Carter has gone on record as saying his son has immense talent, but just doesn’t enjoy going to school.
Indianapolis beat out a quartet of fellow suitors — the Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings were also interested in signing the wideout — to add another receiving talent to a corps that includes T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief and tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen.
With veteran Reggie Wayne now an unrestricted free agent, it’s not outrageous to think that Carter could slide into a role previously occupied by Wayne and emerge as the best receiving talent in that group. His pedigree certainly lends itself to that outcome.