Vikings Free Agency 2012: John Carlson Set To Sign With Minnesota, According To Report

The Minnesota Vikings didn't have a great 2011, but are hoping development of quarterback Christian Ponder will vastly improve the team's chances in 2012. As such, they've spent the majority of the 2012 free agency period on the sidelines, re-signing some guys and generally not being in on some of the bigger names. That isn't to say they aren't looking to improve.

Bill Williamson of ESPN is reporting that tight end John Carlson has decided to sign with the Minnesota Vikings. Carlson has played his career with the Seattle Seahawks and is only on his way out because they've got Zach Miller as the starter. Carlson wants more playing time, and is looking for a fresh start after a knee injury cut short his 2011 season. Carlson was reportedly close to getting something done with the Kansas City Chiefs before this news came out.

Carlson provides a reliable target who does just about everything well. Ponder lacks a real consistent target with good hands, and getting a tight end like Carlson is likely a good move for the Vikings to help along the young quarterback's development.

For more on the Minnesota Vikings, go to Daily Norseman. You can also get all of your professional football news over at SB Nation's NFL hub.

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