ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that the Colts and Carter, the son of Hall-of-Fame receiver and ESPN analyst Cris Carter, are closing in on a deal.
The Colts have had their sights on Duron Carter for some time, as he worked out for the team back in December.
Carter spent time at Ohio State and Alabama before going undrafted in 2013. He had 75 receptions for 1,030 yards and seven touchdowns with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League last season.
Wayne and Nicks are both about to be free agents. Wayne, who had his least productive season since 2002, said last week that he was going to take some time before deciding if he'll return for a 15th season. He finished with 64 receptions for 779 yards and two touchdowns last season.
“We’re not putting a thumb on anyone right now to give us a decision,” general manager Ryan Grigson said last week. “Those are big decisions. Those are decisions you sit and talk with your wife with and bring your kids into it. It’s tough. We need to, first before we make any decisions, know if they want to play.”
Nicks had a career low in receptions (38) and yards (405) last season, his first, with the Colts.
Carter had drawn interest from Minnesota, Carolina, Washington, San Francisco and Cleveland.
But the Colts have something those five other teams don’t have: Quarterback Andrew Luck.
The third-year quarterback is young and on his way to being one of the best in the league, which is enticing to free agents.
“I tell you, the Indianapolis Colts are an easy sell job these days, real easy,” Grigson said last week. “That’s the allure of free agency because guys do want to be here. They want to be a part of this. They want to be coached by Chuck Pagano. They want to have Andrew Luck throwing to them.”