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Vikings redo John Carlson’s contract


The Vikings and tight end John Carlson finalized a reworked contract on Tuesday morning, Tom Pelissero of reported.

According to Pelissero, the move decreases Carlson’s $4 million salary-cap number for 2013. Carlson will still make $1.2 million in guaranteed money, according to the report, with a chance to make as much as $3 million by reaching incentives.

The 28-year-old Carlson caught just eight passes for 43 yards in 2012 after signing a five-year, $25 million contract. He missed two games because of a concussion, and he also missed time during the summer with an MCL injury.

The Vikings need all of the pass-catching help they can get, and Carlson’s past form suggests he can be an asset. Carlson caught 55 passes as a rookie for Seattle in 2008 and hauled in 51 receptions in his second season. That said, Carlson’s impact has waned in recent seasons. He missed all of 2011 with a shoulder injury, and he was not much of a factor for Minnesota in 2012.

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20 Responses to “Vikings redo John Carlson’s contract”
  1. urlacherbacker says: Mar 12, 2013 12:27 PM

    I’m surprised they havent totally released him. He was a huge disappointment. Plus that Rudolph kid can play. I guess they need all the rceiving options available these days…

  2. blacknole08 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:28 PM

    With all the success Rudolph had last season I forgot Carlson was even on the team.

    That injury really sent him into exile. He was a star in the making before it happened.

  3. gdeli says: Mar 12, 2013 12:30 PM

    Good & finally!

  4. purpwalk says: Mar 12, 2013 12:30 PM

    if this guy sneezes wrong he gets hurt

  5. themackstrong says: Mar 12, 2013 12:36 PM

    He played well a few years ago. Then 2011 he started dropping a bunch of balls and injuries starting happening one after another. He had potential but glad we got Miller/McCoy and Vikings got to be happy they drafted a beast in Rudolf.

  6. fwippel says: Mar 12, 2013 12:40 PM

    The Vikings are going to regret signing and keeping John Carlson, and letting Allen Reisner get away to Jacksonville.

    Carlson did nothing noteworthy last year, and why he was signed in the first place is beyond logic.

    Kyle Rudolph is a solid top-notch TE, and Reisner would have been a better #2 than Carlson. I’m surprised he wasn’t released outright, but maybe that would have cost them more money.

  7. wludford says: Mar 12, 2013 12:40 PM

    Good. $1.2m in guaranteed money I can live with. $5m was way too much.

  8. cusoman says: Mar 12, 2013 12:42 PM

    Good move, lots of cap space here – I’m excited to see how Ricky boy uses it.

  9. kevinwi says: Mar 12, 2013 12:44 PM

    Couldn’t release him and save a penny. His contract was almost fully guaranteed this season. Reworking it was a positive move by the team.

  10. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:03 PM

    Solid job of partially cleaning up the mess he made last year.

  11. stung4ever1983 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:05 PM

    Carlson’s contract was horrible, but the Vikings signed him in the first place because they run a 2 TE system.

  12. blowpackblow says: Mar 12, 2013 1:05 PM

    Hard times are hitting everyone. He went from making $625,000 per catch to $150,000 per catch. Poor guy.

  13. squared80 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:10 PM

    Spielman has done some really good things in Minny the last few years, but signing Carlson for that much money was a mistake. Didn’t hurt the team, though.

  14. bigks77 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:11 PM

    Well 3-4 year rebuilding project sounds about right! Again!!!

  15. AP's Stomach Punch says: Mar 12, 2013 1:12 PM

    Loved Carlson as a Seahawk, but it’s obvious he’s on the downhill slide. Hence the purple uniform.

  16. claymath52 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:15 PM


  17. antalicus says: Mar 12, 2013 1:32 PM

    I dont know why they have this guy when they have Rudolph

  18. dennisatunity says: Mar 12, 2013 1:32 PM

    As a Seahawks fan, I can say that Carlson had an outstanding first 2 seasons. He was a fan favorite–Seattle loved him! But then the injuries hit and the skills mysteriously disappeared. Maybe it was the new QBs, maybe it was the offensive scheme. He’s a good guy and I would like to see things work out for him, but sadly his best years are probably behind him. Really unfortunate.

  19. gbmickey says: Mar 12, 2013 1:33 PM

    Simpson, Jenkins, Aramashadu? and Carlson all busts as free agent pick ups. Is this due to Spielman or the lack of ability by Ponder? Either way glad to see it. Just waiting now for the the next overpayment. Will it be 13mil for Wallace? Man I hope so.

  20. fumblenuts says: Mar 12, 2013 2:55 PM

    “He missed two games because of a concussion, and he also missed time during the summer with an MCL injury.”

    This kid is about 1 bellringer from tapping out….

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