The Vikings are making some roster changes. The organization has released tight end John Carlson after just his second season into the five-year, $25 million contract he signed in 2012. Carlson was the second string tight end on the depth chart behind Kyle Rudolph. Carlson was owed $3.9 million if he were to stay on the roster in 2014.
Carlson was contemplating retirement after suffering another concussion last season. In 2013, Carlson suffered his third concussion since being in the league.Carlson played in 13 games and made 8 starts, while recording 32 receptions for 341 yards and just one touchdown. The 29-year-old Carlson has a total of 177 catches, for 1,906 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Carlson’s release freed $2 million in cap space for the Vikings and the original signing of the tight end ended up being a bad deal for the organization.
Carlson still plans to play football as he will turn 30 this May.