Coming out of Notre Dame, John Carlson was viewed as a balanced tight end with upper echelon receiving ability and high marks for overall athleticism. Then-Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren played a large part in selecting the talented Carlson with the 38th overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft.

John CarlsonICONIs John Carlson headed for a reunion with Mike Holmgren in Cleveland?

After recording a total of 1,201 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns in his first two seasons, Carlson's last two campaigns have been plagued by injury and bad luck.

Looking ahead to the 2012 offseason, Carlson is an unrestricted free agent and his former coach, Mike Holmgren, is now the team president of the Cleveland Browns -- a franchise that could certainly benefit from the former Irish star's skills.

According to Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinal, the "word" is that Cleveland will sign the free agent tight end.

Although it is still considered speculation at this point, the Browns will certainly be in the market for some help on offense, as the unit ranked 29th in the league in 2011. It's plausible that Carlson will receive a few short term offers on a 'prove it' basis.

Carlson missed the entire 2011 season after suffering a torn labrum in his shoulder.

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