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Cardinals sign tight end John Carlson

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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said at the Scouting Combine that he wanted a tight end who can block.

He got one Friday, as the Cardinals agreed to a two-year deal with John Carlson, the team announced.

Carlson was cut by the Vikings this week, going down as one of the early busts of free agency in recent years. For the five-year, $25 million contract they Vikings gave him two years ago, he caught just 40 passes.

Carlson also had at least three concussions during that span, which makes his role throwing his body into people a risky one.

But the Cardinals are intent on adding to their protection in free agency (they’re a natural fit for several offensive linemen), and bringing Carlson in now is part of that.

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25 Responses to “Cardinals sign tight end John Carlson”
  1. bathmat42 says: Mar 7, 2014 4:15 PM

    Does he really want to be in the same division as the Legion of Boom with his concussion history???

  2. thevikesarebest says: Mar 7, 2014 4:15 PM

    He’s old slow and pass his prime.there is a reason these players don’t make it on the Vikings.meanwhile we have the young future HOF TE with Kyle Rudolph.he is a hell of a reciever.SKOL

  3. seaeagle707 says: Mar 7, 2014 4:16 PM

    I’m not going to enjoy watching John, get creamed four times a year by the Niners and Hawks. I can only hope that he learns to protect his head better, as he’ll be up against the two hardest hitting defenses in the league.

    Good luck, JC.

  4. gbmickey says: Mar 7, 2014 4:18 PM

    The whole Viking team is a bust. Look what they gave a 60 catch Jennings last year, 9 million!

  5. billclintonspetkraken says: Mar 7, 2014 4:19 PM

    Good guy, good player, gets hurt too much. More power to him if he can get back into his prime.

  6. bostonian13 says: Mar 7, 2014 4:19 PM

    It has nothing to do with this addition, but the cardinals are a QB away from being serious contenders.

  7. schmitty2 says: Mar 7, 2014 4:19 PM

    Nice depth pick-up but I always wonder why they don’t get the ball to Housler more. He has a ton of talent.

  8. pleazenufalready says: Mar 7, 2014 4:21 PM

    The guy just can’t stay healthy enough to play. In his two years in Minnesota, it seemed as if he was always hurt. Can’t catch passes if you’re not on the field.

  9. realnflmaster says: Mar 7, 2014 4:24 PM

    Wait, this signing doesn’t make any sense. Arizona signed someone who isn’t 35?

  10. thevikesarebest says: Mar 7, 2014 4:26 PM

    He’s washed up.

  11. meatcarroll says: Mar 7, 2014 4:33 PM

    Carlson was never at any point a good blocker dating back to his Notre Dame days.

  12. purpleguy says: Mar 7, 2014 4:36 PM

    Carlson is a good guy and I wish him well, but if they signed him because of his blocking, they got the wrong guy — he might have been the worst blocking TE the Vikes had last year.

  13. chawkup says: Mar 7, 2014 4:38 PM

    I like JC a lot and wish him well, except when he plays my Seahawks. You never have to worry about JC giving his very best effort. I hope he stays healthy. Nice signing Cards. NFCW will once again be extremely competitive.

  14. Randy "The Shoe" says: Mar 7, 2014 4:40 PM

    Just a depth signing. He won’t be asked to do a lot more then block. Not a bad addition if he stays healthy.

  15. beardinals says: Mar 7, 2014 4:44 PM

    “had several others visits scheduled. Cancelled them to stay in AZ” get ready to hear this a lot in the offseason.

  16. artofscore says: Mar 7, 2014 4:47 PM

    Arians loves TE’s that block. John Carlson is a willing, but a below average blocker. He may not make it through camp.

  17. beardinals says: Mar 7, 2014 5:20 PM

    schmitty2 says:
    Nice depth pick-up but I always wonder why they don’t get the ball to Housler more. He has a ton of talent.
    —-———
    Housler has to prove:
    1. He can stay healthy
    2. He can be reliable (i.e. Catch the ball)

    This is probably his last chance to do so.

  18. juliusanonymous says: Mar 7, 2014 5:25 PM

    As a Seahawk fan who witnessed that scary good Cardinals team whoop us at home, I can only applaud at the Carlson pickup. Gives us a better shot at revenge. Carlson is fragile and drops passes.

    The cardinals will knock the niners out of the playoffs next season. It’ll be a battle of the birds for dominance of the NFCW. AZ is scary good. All they need is a qb.

  19. believeland2014 says: Mar 7, 2014 5:35 PM

    lol Carlson what a bum, too bad the cardinals dont have a superstar tight end like Jordan Cameron.

    #BELEIVELAND
    SUPER BOWL CHAMPS2014

  20. shaggytoodle says: Mar 7, 2014 5:44 PM

    He gets to upgrade from a 5 win, to one that won twice as many, he has to be excited about

  21. hawksforever says: Mar 7, 2014 5:48 PM

    Another player who has escaped from the worst franchise in NFL history!

  22. cakesw says: Mar 7, 2014 7:47 PM

    He is a depth pick.. signed a team friendly 2 year deal, as a depth TE… not much to pan in that reguards….

    It will be interesting to see how he does on an actual NFL Club though, as opposed to the past two seasons when he played for a Minor League Team.

  23. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 7, 2014 8:10 PM

    Vikings to Cardinals is like AA to Majors.

  24. azjam says: Mar 7, 2014 9:49 PM

    If he stays healthy it can be a decent signing.

  25. axespray says: Mar 8, 2014 1:40 AM

    He’s still in the league?

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