The Arizona Cardinals are poking around the free-agent market for tight ends.
Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports John Carlson is visiting with the Cardinals on Thursday. Carlson was released last week after two disappointing seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.
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Carlson’s visit comes two weeks after Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine, “Tight ends for me block first, catch second.” Carlson isn’t known as a ferocious blocker — a trait he shares with the Cardinals’ in-house tight end, Rob Housler.
The 29-year-old Carlson posted back-to-back 50-reception seasons with 12 touchdowns in his first two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, but he hasn’t come close to replicating that production in the three years since. He’s also dealt with a torn labrum that cost him the entire 2010 season and a series of concussions, including one that brought his 2013 season to a premature end.
All of which means he’ll never get close to the funny money the Vikings once handed his way. But a one-year, prove-it deal is certainly possible. Getting it from the Cardinals would qualify as a surprise.
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