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Seahawks viewing Carlson as solution to long-standing problem

The Seahawks need a complete tight end for their offense to reach its full potential. Mike Holmgren believes he's found that player in rookie John Carlson, writes Mike Sando.

Originally Published: May 8, 2008
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- A familiar voice awaited Mike Holmgren when the Seattle Seahawks coach picked up his phone Wednesday.

Brent Jones was on the line.

Ah, yes, this is what a Pro Bowl tight end sounds like.

For all the successes Holmgren has enjoyed in leading Seattle to five division titles in nine seasons, he generally must reach deep into his past to connect with the accomplished tight ends he knows.

Rookie John Carlson, a second-round choice ...

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