FOX Interested In Panthers’ Greg Olsen

In 2018, Greg Olsen flirted with retirement and the possibility of moving to a job in broadcasting. This year, the Panthers tight end will have similar options to consider. If Olsen wants a career in TV, FOX Sports executives will offer him a position as an analyst, Richard Deitsch of The Athletic tweets.

Two years ago, Olsen had ESPN and FOX hot on his trail. Ultimately, he turned down opportunities to do color commentary on Monday Night Football (that job went to Jason Witten, before he returned to the field) and a gig with FOX’s Thursday Night Football. Instead, he signed an extension with the Panthers – that deal is set to take him through the 2020 season.

This time around, Olsen may consider a third option – moving on to a new team. Olsen says he doesn’t want to be part of a rebuilding effort and, clearly, that’s what will take place in Carolina.

I just think sometimes the writing’s on the wall,” Olsen said in December. “There hasn’t been anything officially. But I wanted to make sure if that was my last time that I made sure I told the people that I needed to how much they meant on my career.

Olsen is set to count for a $11.8MM cap figure, but the Panthers can save $8.1MM by releasing him against just $3.7MM in dead money. He may also hold some trade value, though it’s unlikely that he’d net the Panthers a large return as he nears his 35th birthday in March.

Olsen, a first round pick in the 2007 draft, finished the season with 52 catches for 597 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games. His last 16-game season came in 2016, when he tallied 1,000 receiving yards for the third straight year.

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9 comments on “FOX Interested In Panthers’ Greg Olsen

  1. sportsfan101

    Patriots! As long as he’s willing to take less to win.. time shall tell..

  2. compassrose

    I would wait to see what Brady does before you talk like that. Who will be QB if he leaves? You aren’t going to get another QB on the cheap like you have with Brady.

    Did Kraft offer him a cushy job at the mac and cheese house? A few mill a year to keep the contract low. Main job will be to go golfing with anyone they need him to.

    Do they have anything left in the US or are the corporate offices even over there? All the mac and cheese you can eat.

    • Natergater77

      Hope that’s all sarcasm and you don’t legit think that Bob Kraft is part of Kraft Foods. Which funny enough is owned by Hienz , who has their name on the Steelers stadium.

      • compassrose

        You know what they say when you assume. I never checked it out because never really cared. I also didn’t know Heinz bought it but again not something I would pay attention too.

        I stand corrected on the mac and cheese joke but still think you need to or the guy who wrote the comment above needs to put your peacock feathers back in. No need to strut around when you have a huge hole to fill.

  3. jjleavelle

    Sharpe, Gonzalez, Witten, Gronk…

    If Olsen doesn’t take the job Gates has got to feel pretty good about his chances on working for FOX.

  4. GMB 883

    Jared Stidham can’t throw a football. Actually throws it very well. I don’t see “Mr Mac N Cheese” as you say – OMG – giving TB12 the chance to leave NE. He’s actually Mr Cardboard Box. Big offseason for the Patriots with coaching staff, pending FA’s, football operations staff and of course QB, Draft Choices etc.
    Stay tuned genius. Lol

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