Seattle Seahawks tight end John Carlson (89) dives to the end zone over Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson (21) and safety Aaron Rouse (37) during the first half at Qwest Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

Minnesota Vikings lock up tight end John Carlson for five years

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The Minnesota Vikings have come to terms with free agent tight end John Carlson on a five-year deal that is worth a maximum of $25-million dollars.

Signing Carlson will pair him Visanthe Shiancoe and Kyle Rudolph as the Vikings look to continue surrounding young quarterback Christian Ponder with big receiving targets.

Carlson is known as a near exclusive pass catching tight end that lacks any real run or pass blocking prowess.

He was drafted by the Seahawks in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Notre Dame, just like new teammate Kyle Rudolph.

Sine entering the NFL Carlson has appeared in 47 games with 38 starts making 137 receptions for 1,519 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.

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