That's a far cry from the four-year, $US3.7 million contract Carruth signed with the Panthers after being drafted - although he never collected all of that money since he was released in the third year of his deal.
Saundra Adams told the Charlotte Observer earlier this year that she would "leave the door open" for a potential relationship with Carruth.
Carruth was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, discharging a firearm into occupied property and attempting to destroy an unborn child. Adams was shot four times, but she was able to implicate Carruth via a 911 call before falling into a coma. He was born a month prematurely with cerebral palsy, as a result of injuries sustained in the shooting, according to ESPN. Their son, Chancellor Lee Adams, will turn 19 in November. According to multiple reports, Carruth has said he wants to be in his son's life.
He went on to say he was "somewhat frightened" about his release, adding that "I'm nervous just about how I'll be received by the public".
Carruth still claims he wasn't intending to have Adams killed, but has acknowledged a responsibility for what happened to his former girlfriend.
Carruth spent his final weekend at the Sampson Correctional Institution in Clinton.
Last week, Carruth told WSOC-TV in Charlotte in a telephone interview, "I just truly want to be forgiven". "I still have to work".
Carruth, meanwhile, told the Charlotte Observer in a four-page, 800-word letter that he had become a barber behind bars, earning roughly a dollar per day after cashing game checks averaging almost $40,000 during his playing years in the late 1990s. I still have to live.
Carruth was found guilty of multiple charges relating to the murder of Cherica Adams in 2001 and was sentenced to a minimum of 18 years. He's scheduled to be released from prison in 2046 after taking a second-degree murder plea in 2001. "He's a lot more introspective than he used to be, and I think he wants to get out of North Carolina". But I do want him to...see and feel the effects of what he did.