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Vikings to meet with John Carlson on Wednesday

John Carlson

Seattle Seahawks tight end John Carlson stops to speak with the members as he drives into the team’s NFL football training facility Tuesday, July 26, 2011, in Renton, Wash. Players began trickling back as team headquarters reopened to them following the resolution of the NFL lockout. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)


Florio reported Tuesday night that free agent tight end John Carlson had lined up a visit with the Kansas City Chiefs. He also mentioned the Vikings as one of the teams showing interest in Carlson.

That interest appears to be genuine, as Adam Caplan of reports that Carlson will visit Minnesota headquarters on Wednesday.

The Vikings are in danger of losing free agent tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. While 2011 second-round pick Kyle Rudolph is ready for a full-time role, Carlson could slide in as the Vikings’ No. 2 tight end.

Carlson missed all of last season with a shoulder injury, but he was highly regarded coming out of Notre Dame in 2008. The Seahawks made him the 38th overall pick in that draft.