It’s a good start to the week for Rider Nation as they can scratch Duron Carter’s name off the list of potential players going to free agency.
On Monday morning, the Riders announced they have signed the enigmatic receiver to a one-year contract extension.
Carter spurned some NFL possibilities and the chance to go to the open market where he might have received more than what he is going to get as a Rider in 2018. That is something not lost on Riders Head Coach and General Manager Chris Jones.
“In my opinion, he’s not motivated by the chance to go to the NFL or by money,” Jones said from Mobile, Alabama where he is attending the Senior Bowl. “He could have gone on the open market and got more than what we’re going to give him this year, but he wanted to be a part of what we’re doing. It’s a testament to his character and what he wants to try to do with us.”
Carter says part of the reason why he wants to remain a Rider is because of the relationship he has forged with Jones.
“Not a lot of head coaches reach out to their players; they sort of keep that player-coach hierarchy and they believe in that,” the 26-year-old said. “Coach Jones is different though. He talks to all of us as if he’s one of the players. He’s in the locker room all the time talking to us and joking with us. He’s really one of us and I appreciate it.”
In his first season with the Riders, Carter played all 18 regular-season games starting 17 at wide receiver, registering 73 receptions and totaling team-leading and career highs of 1,043 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.
Carter also spent time at defensive back, starting one game, where he collected nine defensive tackles and one interception which he returned 43 yards for a touchdown.
Carter, the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter, first came into the CFL with the Montreal Alouettes in 2013.
Jones also let it be known that former CFL’er Travis Moore is coming on board as the new receivers coach. Moore, who had been on the coaching staff of the Ottawa REDBLACKS before being let go in November, spent a decade as a player in the league with the Stampeders and Riders.