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Cris Carter’s son to sign with Vikings

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The Vikings rolled the dice on a member of the Carter family with a shaky reputation in 1990 and it paid off with a Hall of Fame wide receiver.

They’re trying a version of the same gamble again this year. Cris Carter told Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that his son Duron, who is also a wide receiver, will sign with the team as an undrafted free agent.

It’s not the first time the younger Carter has tried to follow in his father’s footsteps. He started his collegiate career at Ohio State, Cris Carter’s alma mater, before transferring to junior college because of academic problems. He went on to transfer to both Alabama and Florida Atlantic, but didn’t play at either school because of continued problems in the classroom. Earlier this month, his father told Mike Garafolo of USA Today that his son has the ability to play in the NFL and wasn’t a problematic kid outside of the fact that he just “hates” school.

He’ll get his shot to prove that assessment right with the Vikings this summer. The Vikings added Cordarrelle Patterson in the first round of the draft, but their depth chart at receiver is fairly unsettled behind Greg Jennings and Patterson. It’s still a long shot, but it could pay off to make a big summer even better for the Carter family.

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28 Responses to “Cris Carter’s son to sign with Vikings”
  1. mazblast says: Apr 28, 2013 10:02 AM

    tOSU is a great school, but if you’re an Ohio State FOOTBALL PLAYER and have academic problems…

  2. ad2k13 says: Apr 28, 2013 10:05 AM

    This was obviously the “catch” to the whole CC mentoring Cordarrelle thing…

  3. mikebyrne1502 says: Apr 28, 2013 10:11 AM

    Is that an opinion or a fact? If he comes in to mentor anyone don’t you think it would be his son? If anything in my opinion they are doing a solid member of the Viking family and HOF receiver a favor for his services in the purple and gold

  4. football2011 says: Apr 28, 2013 10:13 AM

    Sounds like a Kent Dorfman (Animal House) type legacy signing.

  5. inyofaceagain says: Apr 28, 2013 10:32 AM

    I see nothing wrong with giving the kid a chance.
    Let him audition, that what UDFAs do.

  6. scottieplongballs says: Apr 28, 2013 10:35 AM

    Why not. I like this move. Now we have 3 future hall of Fame wr’s on our roster.

  7. germanstingray says: Apr 28, 2013 11:15 AM

    Who needs school? The kid already obviously knows everything.

  8. alchemistcirca1979 says: Apr 28, 2013 11:18 AM

    good luck I hope it works out, but the possibility for a train wreck is there

  9. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Apr 28, 2013 11:24 AM

    Unless he’s football smart he’s gonna have to learn & implement NFL schemes

  10. bonerchamp says: Apr 28, 2013 11:31 AM

    Kid got every opportunity in the world and blew it. I’m sure he’ll make the most out of his latest paved road.

  11. billbrasky72 says: Apr 28, 2013 11:38 AM

    Cool! Potential huge payoff with zero risk. CC will do everything he can to help his son succeed and will maybe spend time at winter park and training camp helping him and the rest of the WR’s.

  12. addict2sport says: Apr 28, 2013 11:39 AM

    All those academic issues should come in handy when it comes time to study an NFL playbook.

  13. GenXJay says: Apr 28, 2013 11:40 AM

    Kick the tires. Send him on his way w/Kluwe if he acts up.
    But hey, it’s not like the Vikes had to draft more than 1 wr*.

    *see rbs desperation in GB.

  14. theytukrjobs says: Apr 28, 2013 11:41 AM

    Unfortunately guys who “hate” school often find other things in life to be annoying, like work or in his case conditioning or being yelled at for not doing something right or studying film.

    We’ll see. NFL isn’t rocket science but usually even the dumbest players can get through a few years of college with cake classes, tutors, etc. I mean all you really have to do is show up and try, regardless of how dumb you are.

  15. mackcarrington says: Apr 28, 2013 11:50 AM

    The kid hasn’t blown anything yet. And his college path is similar to Joe Montana’s boy. Especially with both of their former teams doing their hall Of fame alumni a “solid” by giving their kids a look.

  16. 13curtjp says: Apr 28, 2013 12:17 PM

    The vikings had the worst group of receivers last year in the NFC North. They now have the best.

  17. garyhd01 says: Apr 28, 2013 1:20 PM

    if the kids got the physical tools he makes it to day 3 or 4 if not they can tell chris sorry we gave him a shot and maybe just maybe studying a playbook isn’t like a text book and if as cc says he has no red flags attitude or drug wise its not a huge risk

  18. melikefootball says: Apr 28, 2013 2:10 PM

    How fixed was that?

  19. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 28, 2013 2:14 PM

    The Son of Captain Pushoff is coming to the NFL?
    Daddy wouldn’t even be relevant if he didn’t commit pass interference every play.

    As far as the Vikings having the best group of receivers in the NFC North, I don’t think I’ve read anything quite that funny in a long, long time.

    You lost your most dynamic player, grabbed an aging, broken Packer great, and overpaid to grab a raw *talent.*

    The Packers lost one receiver, and Nelson, Jones, and Cobb are still the elite group, by FAR.

  20. cwby4evr says: Apr 28, 2013 2:20 PM

    Great. Now we have to listen to his son gripe about why HE isn’t in the HOF for the next twenty years.

  21. filipinoviking says: Apr 28, 2013 2:22 PM

    When Sidney Rice had his break out year (yes Favre did too) it was after working out and training with Carter and Fitzgerald. Now if Carter’s son has any talent Carter will get it out of him.

  22. derekczajkowski says: Apr 28, 2013 2:22 PM

    Tokyo ur a tool

  23. derekczajkowski says: Apr 28, 2013 2:26 PM

    Cobb wishes he could hold Harvins jock

  24. 1rockyracoon says: Apr 28, 2013 2:39 PM

    He sounds like a hard worker–4 colleges and he didn’t even play at 2 of them because he hates school. Good luck to him after he gets cut at the beginning of training camp.

  25. aprilwalker2013 says: Apr 28, 2013 3:44 PM

    I agree with your statement. Think they are doing this for CC and good for them! If he can play, good for Carter family!

  26. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 28, 2013 9:16 PM

    derekczajkowski says:
    Apr 28, 2013 2:22 PM
    Tokyo ur a tool

    I don’t think anyone is going to take someone who uses “ur” instead of “you’re” very seriously.

    I don’t make a habit of talking to 8 year olds on line, like Vikings fans, so I’ll have to stop talking to you now.

  27. tdravens says: Apr 29, 2013 8:59 AM

    Duron? What’s his other kids name .. Sherwin Williams?

  28. purpblooded says: Apr 29, 2013 1:42 PM

    Tokey, yes, you can quit.

    Nobody had better hands or sideline foot control than CC.

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