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.