Vikings giving Cris Carter's son a tryout; two ex-Gophers get deals
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The Minnesota Vikings didn't confirm any undrafted rookie signings on Saturday night. But numerous players and schools announced pending deals via social media.
According to general manager Rick Spielman, one player the Vikings didn't sign was Duron Carter, the son of longtime Vikings receiver and soon-to-be Pro Football Hall of Famer Cris Carter, who is being brought in to next weekend's rookie camp on a tryout basis only.
Multiple reports on Sunday said Carter had been signed. Spielman said that was incorrect and that Carter will be among 30 to 35 players participating in the rookie camp on a tryout basis, as the Vikings bring in every year.
Duron Carter caught 13 passes for Ohio State, his father's alma mater, in 2009 before becoming academically ineligible. Problems with work ethic dogged him at Coffeyville (Kansas) Community College. He transferred to Alabama and then to Florida Atlantic, never playing a down either place.
"I know there aren't a lot of better receivers than him in this draft. That's not a guess; I know. I know wide receivers," Cris Carter recently told USA Today. "Yes, it might take him some time. I just believe in pro football, it's all football. You get millions of reps. And what's the worst-case scenario? Maybe it takes him 16 months. But when you see his talent, you'll be like, 'He's a pro.'"
The list of players who have agreed to terms, according to players, schools and media reports, includes:
• Furman tight end Colin Anderson
• North Carolina State safety Brandan Bishop
• Penn offensive lineman Joe Bonadies
• Eastern Washington receiver Nicholas Edwards
• Georgia Southern linebacker Darius Eubanks
• North Carolina receiver Erik Highsmith
• Portland State end Marquis Jackson
• Southern Methodist fullback Zach Line
• Fresno State running back Robbie Rouse
• Winona State running back Rayon Simmons
• Florida State receiver Rodney Smith
• Kentucky end Collins Ukwu
• Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg
• North Carolina State center Camden Wentz
• Furman running back Jerodis Williams
• Ohio State end Nathan Williams
No deals become official until players pass physicals, which will be taken once they report for the rookie minicamp on Thursday.
General manager Rick Spielman said the Vikings intended to sign 18 undrafted rookies in all. They annually have dozens more in for tryouts at the rookie camp.
Meanwhile, two former Gophers also said they've signed deals.
Quarterback/receiver MarQueis Gray said he agreed to terms with the San Francisco 49ers. Defensive back Troy Stoudermire he's headed to the Cincinnati Bengals.