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Minnesota Vikings Release John Carlson

Updated: 03/05/2014 2:49 PM
Created: 03/04/2014 3:52 PM KSTP.com
By: Nick Tabbert

The Minnesota Vikings have released tight end John Carlson. Carlson and the team could not reach an agreement about the fifth-year veteran's restructured contract. Carlson, 29, has played two of those years with Minnesota and restructured his contract prior to last season.

The team announced the move in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

Carlson played in 13 games for the Vikings last season, scoring his only touchdown as a Viking in a 34-27 win against Washington. He finished the season with 32 catches for 344 yards.

He appeared in 27 games overall totaling 40 receptions for 387 yards and 1 TD with Minnesota.

Carlson was expected to make $3 million next season.

Originally from St. Cloud, Minn., Carlson was a standout at Litchfield High School and was a second-round draft pick by the Seattle Seahawks in 2008. He played college football at the University of Notre Dame.

Carlson was plagued by injuries in his two seasons with the Vikings. He sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee during his first training camp with the team and never was able to assert himself.

The Vikings also have Kyle Rudolph, Rhett Ellison and Chase Ford at tight end.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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