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Double Blue Duron: Argos land free agent Carter

TORONTO — After a few weeks on the open market, and after much speculation, Duron Carter has found himself a new home, signing with the Toronto Argonauts, the team announced on Sunday.

The 27-year-old was released from the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Aug. 11. Following his release, Carter was said to be of interest to four teams: BC, Montreal, Toronto and Hamilton.

The defending Grey Cup Champions bring Carter aboard in need of another play-making pass-catcher and with a critical home-and-home set with the rival Hamilton Tiger-Cats on the horizon.

Under the direction of head coach Marc Trestman, Carter reunites with former Montreal teammates S.J. Green and Bear Woods and inks a deal with General Manager Jim Popp, who not only brought him into the CFL in 2013 but cut him loose in the fall of 2016.


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Duron Carter trades his green for blue, joining the Toronto Argonauts and becoming an instant threat in an offence that is in need of an option to stretch the field (Johany Jutras/CFL.ca)

Carter was in his second season with the Roughriders after joining the club ahead of the 2017 season.

While spending most of the season as a defensive back, the pass-catcher has recorded 111 receiving yards and a touchdown on eight receptions, including a 41-yard score in his return to the Riders’ offence.

Last season, his first with the Riders, Carter collected 1,043 yards on 73 receptions while scoring eight touchdowns. He has hauled in 4,031 yards in five CFL seasons with Montreal and Saskatchewan and is a two-time CFL All-Star in addition to a pair of divisional honours.

The club also announced 2017 CFL East All-Star defensive back Cassius Vaughn looks to be out for the remainder of the season with a suspected torn Achilles. Further tests will be conducted to confirm.

The Argos, coming off a last-second 25-22 loss to the Montreal Alouettes in Week 11, take on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the annual Labour Day Classic on Sept. 3 in a game with significant playoff implications.