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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Cardinals sign John Carlson to a 2-year deal

By on 3/09/2014 04:00:00 PM

John Carlson wasn't on the market long after being released on Wednesday by the Minnesota Vikings. Kevin Patra of reports the Arizona Cardinals have signed the tight end to a 2-year contract worth $4.65 million over the next two years.

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Carlson met with the Cardinals on Thursday and the announcement he'd been signed was made on Friday. His signing comes on the heels of parting ways with the Vikings after two lack luster seasons riddled with injuries.

Carlson is an average run blocker with good hands but brings with him a history of concussions. Despite his concussion history, Arizona apparently feels the potential in Carlson is better than what they currently have in TE Rob Housler.  They could decide to release Housler who is more of a "pass catching" TE.

Coach Bruce Arian's preferred use for the TE position is "block first catch second" which given Carlson's history of concussions poses a huge risk to the Cardinals.

Carlson appears healthy and ready to play in 2014. The Cardinals may need to rethink how they will use him, one bad hit and it is another crash landing season for the Birds. Something the squad and their newly signed veteran TE with his concussion history will want to avoid.


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