Minnesota Vikings Possibly On Verge Of Signing TE John Carlson

SEATTLE WA - JANUARY 08: Tight end John Carlson #89 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates his 11-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter against the New Orleans Asterisks during the 2011 NFC wild-card playoff game at Qwest Field on January 8 2011 in Seattle Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

After a quiet first day of free agency, the Minnesota Vikings look like they might be on the verge of their first signing, as they're apparently talking with tight end John Carlson, formerly of the Seattle Seahawks.

Carlson, a native of St. Cloud, Minnesota who grew up in Litchfield, was the Seahawks' second-round pick (38th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame. In three seasons for the Seahawks, he has caught 137 passes for 1,519 yards (11.1 yards/catch) and 13 touchdowns. He missed the entire 2011 season due to a torn labrum that he suffered in the pre-season.

Carlson would present another big target for the Vikings' offense, measuring in at 6'5" and about 250 pounds. If Bill Musgrave is serious about attempting to implement the same sort of two-TE setup that the New England Patriots have. . .something he was unable to do with Kyle Rudolph (who, himself, is 6'6" and about 260 pounds) and Visanthe Shiancoe in the fold. . .the pairing of Rudolph and Carlson would be a very intriguing one. Granted, Rudolph and Carlson aren't Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez or anything, but they could still present a lot of potential match-up problems for opponents.

Carlson apparently left a meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs early in order to come to Minnesota and talk with the Vikings, according to ESPN.com's AFC West blogger (and former St. Paul Pioneer Press writer) Bill Williamson. It remains to be seen if that's a good sign or not, but it wouldn't be surprising to see a Carlson signing announced in the near future here.

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