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Rotowire: May 5 / 11:25a ET
News: Carlson announced his retirement Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impact: The 30-year-old Carlson has a history of concussions -- namely five between his collegiate and professional career, according to Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com -- and he never lived up to the promise of his first two seasons. He averaged a 53-600-6 receiving line with the Seahawks in his first two years, but he has since failed to top 350 receiving yards in any one season. With the former second-round draft pick out of the picture, Arizona's shaky depth chart at tight end looks all the more questionable. Troy Niklas, a 2014 second-rounder, is the favorite to start despite catching just three passes in seven games as a rookie. While athletic for his size (6-foot-6, 270 pounds), Niklas doesn't profile as a high-volume receiver in the NFL. That isn't necessarily an issue, as the Cardinals have plenty of capable pass-catchers at wide receiver and running back. For tight ends, the team also has former basketball player Darren Fells, along with 2015 seventh-round selection Gerald Christian. Expect Niklas and Fells to compete for the starting job.
StatsLLC: May 5 / 12:00a ET
News: Carlson has announced his retirement from football, a week shy of his 31st birthday. In a statement released by the team, Carlson said that after "much thought and consideration," he and his wife Danielle decided this was the best decision.
Impact: The 6-foot-5, 248-pound Carlson played seven NFL seasons with Seattle, Minnesota and Arizona. He had a history of concussions before signing with the Cardinals last offseason. With Arizona, Carlson played in 16 games, 12 as a starter, catching 33 passes for 350 yards and a touchdown. A second-round draft pick by the Seahawks out of Notre Dame in 2008, Carlson played in 90 games, with 210 catches for 2,256 yards and 15 touchdowns.