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Vikings to cut Carlson

Litchfield native John Carlson will be released by the Minnesota Vikings after being unable to find common ground on a restructured contract, according to multiple media reports.

Carlson signed a five-year, $25 million contract in March 2012. Over two seasons in Minnesota, he was good for 40 receptions, 387 yards and one touchdown.

The Vikings restructured the contract in March of 2013 to include less guaranteed money and more incentives.

A concussion ended his 2013 season, but after initially considered retirement, decided to continue his career.

He graduated from Litchfield in 2003 and was a two-year starter at Notre Dame from 2006-07.

The Seattle Seahawks drafted him in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft, and he was their primary tight end from 2008-10.

After losing much of 2012 to injuries, Carlson lost his starting job with the Vikings to Kyle Rudolph, only to reclaim it when Rudolph was hurt eight games into the 2013 season.

Rudolph will be the Vikings’ primary tight end next season with Rhett Ellison and Chase Ford as backups.