Ted reported earlier this month that tight end John Carlson, who has had two largely unproductive years with the Minnesota Vikings, was planning on coming back to the National Football League despite suffering another concussion during the 2013 season.
Now a report has surfaced that, if Carlson is coming back, he isn't going to be doing so in purple.
The NFL Network is reporting that the Vikings are, in fact, planning on cutting Carlson before free agency begins on Tuesday. The team and Carlson's agent have apparently attempted to re-do the remainder of the five-year, $25 million deal that Carlson signed before the 2012 season, but have been unable to find common ground.
Over his two years in Minnesota, Carlson caught just 40 passes for 387 yards and one touchdown. He had one pretty big game, this past season against the Washington Redskins on Thursday Night Football. In that contest, he caught seven passes for 98 yards and a touchdown in Minnesota's 34-27 victory.
The move will give the Vikings an additional $2 million in salary cap space. . .not a whole lot, considering the team is already over the $30 million mark in available space. It appears the team thought that Carlson's concussion risk made him too much of a liability to bring back again.