Despite reports that the Minnesota Vikings have signed Duron Carter, the son of Hall of Fame former Viking Cris Carter, the team has only extended an invitation to minicamp as a tryout player.
Tom Pelissero of 1500 ESPN reports that the Vikings will give Carter a shot at rookie minicamp next weekend, but he is not being given a free-agent contract, not at this point any way.
Carter played at Ohio State, where his father starred, in 2009 before he became academically ineligible. He went to Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College and then Alabama and Florida Atlantic but did not play at the final two stops.
Carter played in only nine games in college and his father chalked it up to the fact that his son did not like school. News flash: There are plenty of college football players who don’t like the academic side of things but they find a way to get by.
Mike Garafolo of USA Today turned up a scathing indictment of Carter from a former teammate at Coffeyville, quarterback Cayden Cochran.
“The team that drafts Duron Carter will get the most lazy, whiny & non-work ethic player the nfl has ever seen,” Cochran wrote on his Twitter account in February, per Garafolo. “I played w/him. Horrible person & will be a complete cancer to any team on the board.”
We’ll see what Carter does with his chance.
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