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We'll start this slide by saying that due to renegotiating, John Carlson's contract isn't as bad as it was last year.
If you think that's damning it with faint praise, it is.
The signing of Carlson in the first place had all the signs of an awful idea. While Carlson had a tremendous rookie season in 2008, he had never been able to replicate those numbers. In fact, he went backwards, getting less productive each year—save from year one to year two when he added a pair of touchdowns to his total.
Now, as is happening with Zach Miller, Carlson did see a lot of time blocking for the Seattle Seahawks, and that certainly hurt his numbers. However, when he did get opportunities, he rarely made much of them.
His time in Seattle ended with an injury, after which the Vikings saw fit to sign him for a mind-numbingly huge five-year, $25 million contract.
What they saw on tape I'm not sure, but one has to assume they felt he had been misused by Seattle and would do great things for quarterback Christian Ponder.
That didn't happen, as Carlson struggled with concussions and knee issues and never seemed to be on the same page as the offense when he did play.
Maybe it's unfair to base observations on 16 targets for eight catches and 43 yards, but when you make as much money as Carlson did in 2012, you get more grief.
As I said, they did restructure to get some much needed cap relief, but he's still due to get his $1.2 million guaranteed for this year, and details have not been forthcoming on what the restructured contract actually is.
Whatever it is, as of now, it's too much. And while the team can probably opt out sooner than later, it's a roster spot and cap money it could have used in another area.