Well, that happened pretty quickly.

According to Adam Schefter, an agreement has been reached with John Carlson for a 5 year, 25 million dollar deal.

We’re on the board, folks! Tonight we will try and get you some more information on Carlson and what he brings to the team as well as some analysis of the pickup.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. 5 years for 25 million!!?!?!? Wow!! I honestly thought we were taking the right approach to Free Agency, but that is a shocking contract!!! Like the player, hate the contract!!

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  2. Wow thats a big contract…I bet we couldve retained shiancoe with that contract…..and id be willing to bet that reisner beats him out for the starting job as number 2 TE….

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  3. Ditto, I’m shocked by those #’s, but PFT says only $11 million is guranteed, so maybe it’s backloaded and is really a one or two year proove-it deal.

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  4. Oh dear…..great signing in one respect as I am sure he will do well but at the same time its terrible. We talked all yesterday about overpaying and then give a guy who wil be 28 for next season and coming on a missing season due to injury a massive 25mil contract for 5 years with lots of guaranteed $$$ wtf????

    How is this any different to what we didn;t want to do yesterday? Did we even contact other options like Martellus Bennett or Kellen Davis?

    Not a great start but I am also sure I will be swayed by next season when the twin tight end sets make us look like Pats Clones!

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  5. also wondering who will replace Kleinsasser? Carlson is not a great blocker, average at best, dire at worst. Any great blockers in the draft? Rhett Ellison H Back in the 5th rd maybe?

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  6. hmmmm……. PFT deleted all of my Dugan comments
    guess I shouldn’t have mentioned Fran’s snow shoe fetish

    hope they get some Defensive help

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  7. I think they overpaid as well, but hey he is a good TE, maybe the want to copy what new england is trying to do with 2 TE sets

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  8. Thanks Ricky!!! I knew you let us down (again). Poor Ponder will be running for his life again!!!

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  9. Calm down people…… This is from the daily norseman….

    .As for the last question, I’m not sure I can help you there. But for the first few, I can assure you that yes, Rick Spielman does actually have a plan. While grabbing headlines and making big, splashy signings is always a great PR move, the Vikings front office also realizes that signing one or two big-name, big-money players isn’t going to magically launch this team into contention.

    Every single Vikings beat reporter repeated the mantra over and over: Spielman & company are indeed active despite the lack of news coming from Winter Park. But they’re much more excited about building through the ten draft picks the Vikings have in April than filling holes in free agency.

    It’s true that some great targets came off the board yesterday. But would you honestly be OK with paying Cortland Finnegan $50 million? Or $42.5 million for Pierre Garcon? Or even $55 million for oft-injured Vincent Jackson? (OK I could probably get talked into V-Jax, but the other two were definitely overpaid.)

    I read a great Tweet today that said “the first day of free agency is like shopping at Neimann Marcus; after that it’s like shopping at Target.” And that’s probably true. But I know that my house and closet have a LOT more stuff from Target than from the ritzy stores. And that’s what Rick Spielman is (hopefully) doing. He’s building his house with affordable, practical pieces instead of hanging a chandelier in the middle of a trailer home.

    That said, this is a free agency open thread. EVERYBODY PANIC!!!

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  10. When hearing that martellus bennett just got a one-year deal for 2.5 $ mill. I think we should have tried a 3 year 8-9 million offer with him instead.. He is a good blocker and decent pass catcher AND younger + not injury prone

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  11. Ricky, Ricky, Ricky what the hell are you thinking? Can you please concentrate on a position of need? Somebody needs to tell Ricky that he already has Rudolph, Reisner and Shuler. This is about as bad as the Gioun contract.

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  12. I agree with Malte regarding Bennett, I thought a 3 yr 9mil would bring him in. This would be a replacement for Jimmy K on the same contract. He isn’t as good as Klein as a bocker but close and much better than Carlson but Carlson is a better reciever so far. Bennett surely has much more upside though being younger and athltically superior. I guess going to the SB champs ha s a bit of a pull however.

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  13. Always liked Carslon. As long as dude is healthy, this will work out just fine. Freds gives his stamp of approvals.

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