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Sunday, August 12, 2018


The Saskatchewan Roughriders released two-time all-star wide receiver Duron Carter on Saturday night, less than a week after working out former NFL star receiver Terrell Owens.

Carter, 27, has 111 yards and one touchdown in seven games this season. The move immediately triggered speculation that the Roughriders could add the 44-year-old Owens.

Edmonton-based agent Jason Staroszik, who is handling Owens's CFL negotiations, politely declined comment when contacted by The Canadian Press. Roughriders GM/coach Chris Jones worked out Owens last Sunday in Chattanooga, Tenn., one day after he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Carter, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., tweeted his reaction following his release.

"Welp... just got the call... I'm out Sask! Love y'all!!! Most fun I had in a long time!!''

Later, Carter questioned his future in the game, tweeting, "I might be done with football man... find a job that travels around the world, something where I can be myself.''

TSN's Farhan Lalji reported on Twitter: "Duron Carter wasn't given any reason for his release. Wash thanked for his work on both sides of the ball & told the team was moving in another direction. Veteran contracts aren't guaranteed until after 9th game, so Riders aren't on the hook for the balance of the year."

Then, on Sunday morning, Carter Tweeted the following: "So here you go only saying it once: my teammates started calling me Sat. asking me questions like "what happened" etc. I eventually text coach Jones "What's the deal? Why my teammates asking if I'm on the team?" Get a call from him saying "thanks for your service on both sides".

The Ohio State product was the Roughriders' top receiver in 2017 with a 1,043 yards and eight TDs, but he was shifted to cornerback in the second week of this season after Nick Marshall suffered a finger injury.

He was moved back to offence last game, making three catches for 59 yards and one TD.

The Roughriders gave Owens a look after the Edmonton Eskimos released him from their negotiation list in July.

Edmonton placed Owens, who last played in the NFL in 2010, on its 45-man negotiation list on June 19, shortly after he posted a video of himself running a 4.43-second 40-yard dash. Later, Owens activated a 10-day window to receive a contract offer from the Eskimos, who opted against making that move.

Once the 10-day window was activated, Edmonton had four options: offer Owens a contract; trade his rights; release him prior to the end of the 10-day period; or make no offer over the 10-day period, at which time he would've been released automatically from the Eskimos negotiation list.

If Edmonton had made Owens a contract offer and he rejected it, Owens would've remained on the Eskimos negotiation list for another year, which would've given the two sides more time to work out a deal.

Owens has been out of football since 2012 when he had 35 catches for 420 yards and 10 TDs over eight games with the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League. Owens signed with the NFL's Seattle Seahawks during training camp that year but was released.

Owens was selected in the third round, No. 89 overall, of the 1996 NFL draft by San Francisco. He played for five teams - the 49ers, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati - over 16 seasons, registering 1,078 career catches for 15,934 yards and 153 TDs.

He's ranked second all-time in receiving yards and third in receiving TDs. Owens was a five-time first-team All-Pro and a six-time Pro Bowler.

(Canadian Press)


Helix said...

Not surprised. Let’s move on.

Unknown said...

Why release one of the best receivers in the league?

Darren Muller said...

This comes as a bit of a shock but in reality should we be really surprised? It appears this guy just can't stay in one place for very long. Whether or not we ever hear more to this story remains to be seen. I thought he was fantastic on the field and looked like he was popular off the field too. Without passing judgment on what lead to his release, will we see him on the field with another team? One thing is for certain not too many days go by where the Riders aren't making headlines.

D from Alberta said...

Carter must have got himself into trouble....that is the ONLY reason I can think of for releasing the most consistant player we've had over the last 2 years (not to mention what he is done in the community). If this isn't the case, then I can't wait to hear Jones explanation for this.

Gainer is my Hero said...

Too bad I grew to like him a lot,as I didn't like it when we signed him. Chris Jones finally get tired of the selfishness? Or maybe the legal shenanigans?

Albert Patenaude said...

Chris Jones may be a good defensive coach but he should have nothing to do with the offense including personnel decisions! Sad to say it but the Riders might end up last in the West. Let's see how Pedersen sugar coats that!

SWC said...

I guess it's part of 'the plan'.

Football Fan said...

Well, not entirely surprising given his history of missteps, but still disappointing. I wonder what happened this time? Good thing we've got good depth.

Anonymous said...

Things are about to be a lot less fun. Thanks Duron, all the best to you in your future.

Ed Driver said...

Michael Bell let the cat out of the bag .... and I believe Michaels twitter account .

Duran was / has been very hi maintenance .... as in ...
C Jones himself has said that he did things to keep Duron's attention and focus ... like bringing him in every day for 5 minutes every day . Letting Duron play corner ... letting Duron return punts .... doing things to keep him focused . t sounds like he had to pat him on the bum and make sure his light is on at night
THAT my friends is HI MAINTENANCE !

When your returns on hi maintenance projects equals or betters your investment , it is worth keeping a hi maintenance portfolio ( player )
When your returns start to depreciate .... that hi maintenance player is not worth keeping.

When you have some 50 - 60 players , you can not afford to spend such a large amount of time on any one player . Special attention needed for any one player becomes an irritaton .
The term " cutting your losses " comes to mind . Hi maintenance athletes too often go off like a Roman Candle .... as did this one . Carters talent is indisputable , but his on field outbursts were making us / Jones cover our eyes . The time had come to balance the books , and something had to go . Logic is logic .
We'll miss anticipating his world class athleticism .... BUT

NEXT MAN UP .... we cheer for the sweater don't we ?

So much talent , and such little maturity . what a shame eh Rod .

Football Fan said...

T.O.? No. Dunk reported Friday that the Riders had not put him on our neg. list. If we had any interest in him at all at the very least we would have put him on our neg. list.

Pat Strain said...

I can't imagine how this could have anything to do with Terrell Owens. That would be absolutely ridiculous - a 44 year old in exchange for a 27 year old who is a proven commodity in this league. Utter nonsense. There must be some underlying legal issue at play here . Otherwise Jones has lost his mind ....

GreenInCalgary said...

Perhaps Duron became too much of a distraction for all involved. Rod, a little ridiculous for an insider like you to speculate that this move may be one to make room for TO, in fact this is irresponsible.

Helix said...

Jones and crew weren’t even using him on offense anyway. Still waiting for someone to run a competitive offense on the riders. Macadoo is not doing that. Every team knows they can stop us on offense. I’m not saying we are finished yet but unless the coaching improves things will be getting real ugly in riderville this fall.

Ed Driver said...

Rod ....
Duron Carter out .... T.O. IN ?

That could not be written by you ./
YOU could not be that stupid !

No comment on that .... it's just too G D stupid to comment on ./

Albert Patenaude said...

If they bring in T.O after cutting Duron Carter we will have reached the hight of embarrassment!

3RD and 1 said...

I’m going to write what I’m thinking and it’s an uncomfortable thought. I believe that Chris Jones is a very good Coach. He also holds the title of GM. However far too many people forget that Jones has made himself 1/3rd of a team of 3 pretty smart football minds. Assistant Vice President, Football Operations Jeremy Oday... Assistant Vice President, Football Operations & Player Personnel John Murphy and of course Vice President, Football Operations, General Manager & Head Coach Chris Jones. So any kind of move like this would be discussed by the 3 men and a decision should be made that is best for the team. Right? I sure hope so. As my uncomfortable thinking came after this article mentioning Terrell Owens. I’m praying that Jones is not that dumb to move forward of Terrell Owens. If he does he proves to me that he is in fact NOT doing what’s best for the team. But what’s best for Chris Jones. I absolutely hate thinking this way. But how else can you put it. I’m praying that the Terrell Owens thing goes away and Carter was released simply to bring a non functioning CFL offence closer together. I work with a team member that is very good at his job but yet his mouth interrupts the team so much. It interferes with and medals with the mental health of the group.
However if Chris Jones brings on Terrell Owens then I will say it here and now. Jones is thinking only for himself. It would be a nice that brings the GM and HC all kinds of attention from South if the border. If Chris Jones is this kind of man then the Jonny Manziel attention must be killing him.
For someone like Kavis Reed to get all the accolades if Johnny Football becomes successful. After his game against Ottawa. I see a type of Flutie esc gamer coming forward. The young man may in fact become a serious gamer in the CFL.
I’m hoping Chris Jones felt the disruption of Carters personality on the team was not worth his output. I pray Terrell Owens is not coming here. If he does then I lose all faith and I pull back all credibility of Chris Jones. I’m positive there are thousands of fans who will feel the same way. DONT DO IT.

3RD and 1 said...

Very good post Ed Driver!
I have the same thoughts exactly and I pray that this article about TO in is nothing more than click bait. I too wrote a long response suggesting what would happen in TO was truly brought in. Another good comment on here used the word embarrassment and he too is 100% correct.
I have faith in Chris Jones but if TO is brought in. It’s a self serving move for the GM and HC. I would lose all respect for Jones and the men around him.

3RD and 1 said...

Well it’s all out now and I am relieved. I figured TO had nothing to do with it.
It was 110% Carter himself. With the losses mounting. Carter was showing his frustrations at practises in the film room and anywhere else Duron could voice his frustration. The coaches on this team know that is pure poison for a team looking to find its Mojo. So all they could do is cut off the poisoned limb and carry on. So they did exactly that.
Turns out they even tried to shop Carter around but all teams knew to just wait for his release. Then see if they even wanted him and if he got into their financial plan.
Myself, I would suggest that Duron Carter has had enough of the CFL. Simply because if another CFL team did in fact come to an agreement with Duran. That team would have so much control on him. They would wrap Carter up like a burrito and he can’t breath that way. He has to be allowed to be a wild and crazy kind of guy. That’s the only way he flys!

RS said...

If T.O shows up after the Carter release,I'd write my season off.
Like one of the posters said we sign him and we reached to another height of embarrassment.

best of luck D.C with you future endeavors

Harley Man! said...

I don’t know what to think. He has been a very high maintenance player. Daily counselling sessions with coach Jones, emotional outbursts and twice charged with weed offences. The trial for the second charge coming up at the end of the year.
I think Duron can be a great player, he needs to mature a lot first. With his past history in the league, other than Montreal, I’m not sure who else would be interested in investing the time that he needs.

Old Rider Fan said...

Can only speak as a fan from the 'fan's outside' perspective. Loved the guy. But then I am always attracted to those being who they are. Liked Roy Shivers.

All the best Duron. Pro football is entertainment and you gave fans their monies worth.

Adrian Leusink said...

Obviously Carter did or said something that crossed a line. The fight with a teammate prior to last game vs Calgary is unforgiveable. Otherwise a trade would have happened to get something in return. Anyone who blames Chris Jones for this is very narrow minded and/or short sighted. He gave a very very talented player a golden opportunity and increased responsibilities with our team - and DC couldn't handle it. End of story. Jones is running a football team not a day care. I hope DC lands on his feet and stays in football albeit a bit wiser. The man has boatloads of talent.

Dennis Campbell said...

At 27 Carters maturing is over, coach Jones gave him a chance and he just blew it. AND there is absolutely no way TO will a Roughrider.

Miles Filbert said...

I wonder if Rod is still holding onto his preseason prediction of the Riders finishing first in the west and the Bombers finishing last?