The Arizona Cardinals will be happy after an NFL Draft that saw them pick up several interesting pieces that could definitely boost both their offensive and defensive lines.
The Cardinals also held the last pick in the draft, commonly referred to as Mr. Irrelevant, and chose to spend that on tight end Gerald Christian out of Louisville.
That selection just became a lot more important for Bruce Arians and the rest of the Cardinals coaching staff, after it was revealed today that Arizona's starting tight end, John Carlson, announced his retirement from the National Football League.
According to a report from NFL.com, Carlson has followed in the footsteps of Chris Borland, Troy Polamalu and Patrick Willis by calling it time on his career in this off-season.
"After much thought and consideration, my wife Danielle and I know that this is best decision for us," Carlson said in a statement released by the Cardinals.
"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."
A second-round pick out of Notre Dame in 2008, 38th overall, big things were expected of the former Fighting Irish man. Carlson had his best years as a rookie and sophomore with the Seattle Seahawks, catching 106 passes for 1,201 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Carlson moved to the Vikings in 2012 on a five-year, $25 million but things didn't really work out in Minnesota, recording just 43 yards in his first season before having his contract restructured. After a better second year in his home state, Carlson moved on to Arizona where he signed a two-year, $4.65 million contract in 2014.
This is the second year in a row the Cardinals have had a tight end retire before the season started. Jake Ballard, the former New York Giants star, walked away from the game during training camp back in 2013.