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Vikings agree to terms with tight end Carlson

Posted by: Mark Craig under Vikings, NFC Updated: March 14, 2012 - 12:19 PM

The Vikings have two young pass-catching tight ends to work with now that former Seahawk and Minnesota native John Carlson agreed to terms just moments ago.

According to ESPN, the deal is worth $25 million over five years. Assuming Carlson is healthy -- and it's safe to say a team wouldn't give him that kind of money if he wasn't -- the Vikings will have an intriguing duo of pass-catching tight ends in their 20s. Carlson, a second-round pick of the Seahawks in 2008, is 27. Kyle Rudolph, the Vikings' second-round pick in 2011, is 22.

Carlson, a native of Litchfield, Mn., missed all of last season because of a shoulder injury. He had 55 catches and five touchdowns as a rookie and 51 catches and seven TDs in 2009.

The Patriots showed what a team can do with two pass-catching tight ends (Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez) and a good slot receiver (Wes Welker). (Of course, they also have Tom Brady).

That being said, the Vikings obviously still need a No. 1 receiver. 

 

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