The first significant player to leave the Seahawks for another team this offseason is TE John Carlson. Carlson signed today with Minnesota.
Carlson’s departure has been expected ever since the Seahawks signed Zach Miller to a big money contract last offseason. While the Seahawks had expressed interest in keeping Carlson to play alongside Miller, but the two sides never appeared to ever work on getting a contract worked out.
Carlson was selected in the 2nd round (38th overall) back in the 2008 draft. He started just 9 games his rookie season, but still ended up with 55 catches for 627 yards. Carlson’s production has dropped each year since then. He last played in 2010, when he had just 31 catches for 318 yards. Last season, Carlson spent all season on Injured Reserve.
Carlson was one of the last remaining Holmgren-era players left of the Seahawk roster. Only Red Bryant, Ben Obomanu and Brandon Mebane remain with the team.