Former Seahawks TE John Carlson Retires
Former Seahawks tight end John Carlson has decided to retire from the NFL.
The 30-year-old Notre Dame product dealt with a concussion late in 2013 with Minnesota, but did not indicate why he made the decision to call it a career in a statement released Tuesday.
“After much thought and consideration, my wife Danielle and I know that this is best decision for us,” said Carlson in a statement released by the Arizona Cardinals, his most recent team. “I was blessed to play seven seasons in the NFL for three tremendous organizations – the Cardinals (2014), Vikings (2012 – 2013), and the Seahawks (2008 – 2011). I will always treasure the experiences and relationships made during that time, but I’m also very excited about the next phase of my life and what’s ahead.”
Carlson was drafted by the Seahawks in the second round (38th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He scored his first NFL touchdown on a pass from Charlie Frye in Week 6 of the 2008 NFL season in a 17-27 loss to Green Bay. In a season marred by injuries for the Seahawks, particularly at wide receiver, Carlson proved to be a reliable target throughout the season, and led the team in receptions (55) and receiving yards (627) for the 2008 season, a feat not accomplished in franchise history by a rookie since Hall of Fame WR Steve Largent.
Carlson had a notable performance in the Seahawks’ 2010 playoffs, catching two touchdown passes in a win over the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.
He joined the Vikings for the 2012 season and spent two years in Minnesota.
Carlson signed a two-year contract with the Cardinals in March, 2014, and finished his lone season in the desert with 33 receptions for 350 yards and a touchdown in 16 games.
In 90 NFL games, including 64 starts, Carlson caught 210 passes for 2,256 yards and 15 touchdowns.