Sources: John Carlson agrees to new deal, giving Vikings cap relief
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John Carlson will get a second chance with the Minnesota Vikings.
The veteran tight end signed a restructured contract on Tuesday morning that lowers his base salary for 2013 and gives the Vikings salary cap relief, according to NFL sources.
Carlson was due to have $1.2 million of his scheduled $2.9 million base salary fully guaranteed if he was on the Vikings' roster when the new league year begins at 3 p.m.
Details of the restructured deal weren't entirely clear, but a source said Carlson, 28, still gets the $1.2 million in guaranteed money and can reach $3 million this year via a $100,000 workout bonus and incentives.
The Vikings signed Carlson to a five-year, $25 million last March that included $7.9 million guaranteed in the first year, hoping to pair him with Kyle Rudolph in a two-tight attack.
But Carlson sprained a knee early in training camp, missed the entire preseason and never found his stride. He played only 235 snaps (21.4%) and had only eight catches for 43 yards in 15 games, sitting out two others because of a concussion.
The Vikings were about $13.3 million under their adjusted salary cap as of Tuesday morning, pending the Percy Harvin trade to Seattle becoming official once the league year begins.
Carlson had been set to count $4 million against the cap, including $1 million in bonus proration.