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Updated: March 4th, 2014 3:38pm
Vikings to cut tight end John Carlson

Vikings to cut tight end John Carlson

by Andrew Krammer
1500ESPN.com
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Minnesota Vikings tight end John Carlson considered retirement for a point this offseason, but elected to resume his football career after ending his second season on injured reserve in three years. 

Carlson won't resume his career with the Vikings, who will cut him, as first reported by FOX Sports 1's Mike Garafolo. 

Carlson, 30 in May, restructured his initial five-year, $25 million contract before last season, a deal he signed before the 2012 season to initially join the Vikings. The Vikings and Carlson could not come to terms on another restructure and will release him. 1500ESPN.com contributor Darren Wolfson confirmed the report. 

The Litchfield, Minn. native was due $3.9 million in base salary in 2014, per Spotrac.com. The veteran filled in for the injured Kyle Rudolph as the Vikings' starter near the end of last season before his fifth reported concussion ended his year in a Dec. 8 loss at Baltimore. Carlson finished with 32 catches for 344 yards and a touchdown in 13 games in 2013. 

The move will save the Vikings about $2 million against the cap. 



Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for 1500ESPN.com. He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
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