John Carlson Announces Retirement
Yesterday, in a statement release by the Arizona Cardinals, 30 year old TE John Carlson announced his retirement from the NFL.
“After much thought and consideration, my wife Danielle and I know that this is best decision for us. I was blessed to play seven seasons in the NFL for three tremendous organizations – the Cardinals, Vikings and Seahawks. I will always treasure the experiences and relationships made during that time but I’m also very excited about the next phase of my life and what’s ahead.” Carlson said of his decision.
From a fantasy perspective this doesn’t effect dramatically the overall TE rankings. Among TE’s Carlson finished 30th overall in PPR scoring leagues with only 67 points. Even when Carson Palmer was healthy, Carlson was a seldom used option in the passing game.
The only other TE’s to catch passes last year on the roster are Darren Fells and Troy Niklas. Neither one excite in the Bruce Arians system, as they won’t be relied upon much in the passing game, but in December the front office did comment on how excited about Darren Fells they were. Although Niklas is 7 years younger than Fells and was a 2nd round pick last year, I expect Fells to be the day one starter.
That being said, there’s 25 or so TE’s I’d draft before I looked at him.