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Cardinals signed TE John Carlson to a two-year, $4.65 million contract.

Concussion-plagued Carlson finished the 2013 season with 32 catches for 344 yards and one touchdown, appearing in 13 games with eight starts for Minnesota. He turns 30 in May. Although Carlson has never been an effective blocker or overly productive pass catcher in the NFL, teams seem to always hold him in high regard. His addition isn't good news for Rob Housler. As tight ends have never been a big part of Cardinals coach Bruce Arians' vertical passing offense, Carlson landing in Arizona has little or no expected fantasy impact.

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FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports the Jets and Packers are interested in free agent John Carlson, in addition to the Cardinals.

The New York Daily News recently opined that Carlson could be a fit for Gang Green. He'd also make sense for the Packers, who aren't expected to re-sign Jermichael Finley. Carlson visited the Cardinals on Thursday.

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Free agent John Carlson is visiting the Cardinals on Thursday.

It's a vote of no confidence in Rob Housler, though Carlson's concussion history means he'll be viewed more as a bonus than bedrock wherever he signs. Carlson is more of a receiver than a blocker, so he'd be a bit of an odd fit for coach Bruce Arians, who likes his tight ends to block.

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The New York Daily News suggests free agent TE John Carlson as a fit with the Jets.

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Vikings released TE John Carlson.

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Vikings TE John Carlson plans to return in 2014.

Carlson was considering retirement after suffering his third known NFL concussion last season. "It's a serious thing, but I'm not ready to be done," Carlson confirmed. Due $3.9 million in 2014, Carlson will return as the No. 2 tight end behind Kyle Rudolph.

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Vikings GM Rick Spielman said he hasn't heard from TE John Carlson on whether he's made a decision to return for the 2014 season.

Carlson suffered his third known NFL concussion this past season and is considering retirement. He appeared in 13 games (eight starts) before being placed on injured reserve, finishing with 32 catches, 344 yards, and one touchdown. Carlson is set to make $3.9 million if he decides to play in 2014 and would return as the No. 2 tight end behind Kyle Rudolph.

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Vikings placed TE John Carlson on injured reserve with a concussion, ending his season.

Carlson suffered his third known NFL concussion in Week 14 and will be shut down with just two games remaining. He took on an expanded role in the second-half of the season with Kyle Rudolph (foot, I.R.) sidelined, making eight starts and finishing with 32 catches, 344 yards, and one touchdown. Carlson is believed to be considering retirement due to his lengthy concussion history. He's currently signed through 2016.

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John Carlson (concussion) is listed as doubtful for Week 16.

Carlson won't play against the Bengals and is considering retirement.

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John Carlson said he and his wife will discuss his lengthy concussion history after the season, and retirement might be an option.

Two weeks ago in Baltimore, Carlson suffered his third known NFL concussion. He had two more documented while at Notre Dame. Carlson indicated there have been others. "It's a serious issue and it's not something that I'm ignoring," he said. Carlson had been cleared from his latest concussion on Wednesday, but symptoms resurfaced Thursday. He may be done for the season.