Litchfield native signs with Vikings 15 Mar 12

Litchfield Native John Carlson Jr. has signed a contract with the Minnesota Vikings.  The 5th year Tight End inked the deal on the second day of free agency.  ESPN reports the contract is a 5 year deal for about $25 million, with $11 million guaranteed.  Carlson should step in as a starter since the Vikings are losing Jim Kleinsasser to retirement, and Visante Shaincoe to free agency.  Carlson spent four years with the Seattle Seahawks, but missed all of last season after undergoing shoulder surgery in the preseason.