Vikings add TE Carlson

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TE John Carlson has agreed to a new contract with the Vikings that will pay him $25 million over five years. The news was first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Carlson missed all of the 2011 season with a shoulder injury but was a productive player for the Seahawks each of the three seasons before that. His best year came in 2010, when he caught 51-574-7 while starting all 16 games.

The Litchfield, Minn. native likely will be in a platoon role with second-year TE Kyle Rudolph, a fellow Notre Dame product.

The way we see it

Clearly, the Vikings are trying to capitalize on the two-TE craze by adding Carlson to join the promising Rudolph. The position will see an overhaul with Jim Kleinsasser retired and Visanthe Shiancoe likely to go elsewhere. They probably will add another tight end somewhere through the offseason, one who can do some of Kleinsasser's dirty work. Carlson has been injury-prone in his career but showed upside earlier and could be a sneaky-good addition, especially with the team wanting to surround QB Christian Ponder with multiple options in the passing game. Now if they can only find a deep receiver …