After the three-day NFL Draft process, the “shadow draft” began as a flurry of undrafted free agent contracts (UDFA) were offered to players around the country.
Former Penn State tight end Kyle Carter accepted one of those contracts with the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday evening, his agent confirmed to the Centre Daily Times.
This means (pending his physical) that he has accepted “priority free agent” status, which locks him up with the team for a three-year potential minimum of $435,000 (the league does incrementally increase base salary each year) — which is dispersed only if the player makes the 53-man roster. Signing bonuses are also available.
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Carter began his career at Penn State in 2012, playing in nine games with 36 receptions, 453 yards and two touchdowns. The 6-foot-3, 248-pound Bear, Del., product went on to snag 18 catches for 222 yards and a touchdown in 2013, 16 catches for 153 yards in 2014 and looked poised to break out in 2015 after the departure of Jesse James to the Steelers.
However, Carter’s field time was limited last season. He caught 14 passes in nine games for 135 yards.
At Penn State’s Pro Day, Carter ran a 4.64-second 40-yard dash and caught passes for Christian Hackenberg in front of scouts from every NFL team but the Atlanta Falcons.
His consistency, arm length and speed attracted attention that day, as did his versatility. He was lined up in a variety of different spots, including on the wing, in the slot and in the backfield.
“Versatility is key,” he said. “The more you can do, the more they’re going to have you on the field and the more likely (you are) to make that 53-man roster...I just want to show that I can do it all.”