The Minnesota Vikings once gave a second chance to a troubled, but talented receiver who had recently been released from the Philadelphia Eagles.
That was 1990 and the receiver was Cris Carter.
Over the years, Carter has made no secret about what the Vikings did to help him turn his life around. Now the team may have a chance to help another Carter jump start his NFL career.
Duron Carter, Cris Carter's son, will visit the Vikings for a workout Friday.
It will be Duron's second workout with the Vikings. After a rookie minicamp tryout in 2013, the 6-foot-5 receiver chose to sign with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.
After catching 75 passes for 1,030 yards and seven touchdowns last season Carter was a CFL All Star. ESPN's Ben Goessling reports he's been receiving some significant NFL interest – not the least of which is the Vikings.
"He isn't able to sign with a team until Feb. 10, but can agree to a deal before then. Things could move quickly with the Vikings if his visit goes well; the team has kept in touch with him since his 2013 tryout, and a NFL source said the Vikings' interest in Duron Carter is 'beyond a workout' this time around."
The Viking Age notes that Carter has recently interviewed and worked out with Kansas City and Indianapolis. He is also scheduled to workout for both San Francisco and Cleveland.
If the Vikings like what they see from Carter, they could keep him from making those other visits by making him a strong contract offer and giving him a chance to compete for a job.
According to the Star Tribune, with a young and exciting quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater and the success history of another little-known receiver by the name of Charles Johnson, who blossomed into the team's top playmaker last season, the Vikings could make a strong case to convince Carter to sign in Minnesota.