Carter went undrafted in 2013 after bouncing from Ohio State to Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College to Alabama to Florida Atlantic. Beyond a reputation for immaturity that contributed to his original release by the Vikings, Carter faced questions about his work ethic and academic track record.
By all accounts, though, Carter is ready for a second chance after gaining a semblance of maturity and 1,939 yards in two CFL seasons.
"Every NFL team should be after Cris Carter's son," Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said last June. "Duron Carter is a phenomenal athlete. He's got every measurable. He's fast, 6-foot-4, can be a punt returner in the NFL with his size, can run with the ball, has got tremendous body control. ... He'll be a highly, highly sought after, Cam Wake kind of guy."
Popp acknowledged to Yahoo! Sports last month that Carter "might be unconventional and maybe a little stubborn," but insists the talented wide receiver can help an NFL team.
Popp isn't alone in that opinion.
Johnson's gift for hyperbole is well-documented.
Unable to sign until Feb. 10, Carter is likely to land a reserve/future contract with no guarantees of a roster spot.
If he takes advantage of the opportunity, he can join his father as another NFL redemption story.