Vikings release TE John Carlson

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Update (March 5, 3 p.m. ET): The Vikings announced the release of Carlson. Signed to a five-year, $25 million deal in free agency, Carlson's been a mammoth bust of a signing for the Vikings. 


The Vikings will release tight end John Carlson, according to FOX Sports 1's Mike Garafolo.

Carlson, originally a Seahawks' second-round pick in 2008, has been in Minnesota the last two seasons. He's played in 27 out of a possible 32 games over that time (including 14 starts), and logged 40 receptions for 387 yards and a touchdown.

There was speculation late last season that Carlson, who has suffered at least three concussions, would consider retirement.

“That’s something that my wife and I will consider,” the tight end said when asked about it in December. “After every season it’s an evaluation period because of the nature of our business. Players move around, players get cut, coaches get fired, things happen. So in that sense, every year is an evaluation period and this year will be no different. And the concussion part of it will be in that conversation. ...

“We have two kids and a third one on the way,” he continued. “I’m taking steps to mitigate the risks. [But] there are risks to playing football.”

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