A more than capable starting TE, John Carlson led the Seahawks in receiving yards as a rookie in 2008.
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Arizona Cardinals TE John Carlson, who was one of the leading receivers for the Seattle Seahawks in the first years of head coach Pete Carroll, has retired from football.
The Cardinals posted on their official Twitter page the news that the 30-year-old Carlson, who played all 16 games for the team in 2014, announced his retirement today.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) May 5, 2015
Carlson was a second-round draft pick by the Seattle Seahawks in 2008 under then-head coach Mike Holmgren. As a rookie he would go on to lead the Seahawks in receiving yards with a career-high 627 yards. The following year, under new head coach Jim Mora, Carlson posted a career-high with 7 receiving TDs in 2009, but the Seahawks finished 4-12 and Mora was fired and replaced by USC Trojans coach Pete Carroll.
The Seahawks won the NFC West division title in 2010 under Carroll and faced the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Carlson would have the best performance of his career in that game by catching two critical TDs for the Seahawks that gave them the 41-36 upset win.
The following season Carlson was injured and in 2012 he signed with the Minnesota Vikings, recording just 40 catches in 27 games played. Carlson later signed with the Arizona Cardinals and recorded 350 receiving yards in 2014 – his highest in a year since 2009.