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Updated: March 7th, 2014 3:17pm
After release from Vikings, TE John Carlson signs with Cardinals

After release from Vikings, TE John Carlson signs with Cardinals

by Derek Wetmore
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Tight end John Carlson has landed on his feet. Two days after his official release from the Vikings, Carlson has agreed to a deal with the Cardinals, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The team confirmed the signing shortly after Schefter's report.

The Vikings talked about a restructured contract with Carlson, according to contributor Darren Wolfson. Ultimately, the Vikings and Carlson did not agree on a restructured deal and Minnesota released the oft-injured tight end. 

Injuries have been a big part of Carlson's career. He even considered retirement at one point, according to the Star Tribune.

Minnesota saved about $2 million against the cap by cutting Carlson. Before signing Marcus Sherels on Friday, the Vikings had about $41 million in cap space heading into free agency

NFL Insider Ian Rapoport cited a source saying that the deal is for two years and $4.65 million.

The Vikings have three tight ends under contract for 2014: Kyle Rudolph, Rhett Ellison and Chase Ford.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for His previous stops include and the Minnesota Daily.
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