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.