|Ht / Wt:||6'6" / 255 lb.|
|Born:||March 11, 1985|
|Drafted:||2007 / Rd. 1 (31)|
Olsen signed a one-year, $7 million contract that has $5.5 million guaranteed with the Seahawks on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Olsen was also talking with Buffalo and Washington, but he ultimately chose to head west with an opportunity to catch passes from future Hall of Fame quarterback Russell Wilson. The tight end will be 35 years old in March, and he's coming off a modest season where he caught 52 passes for 597 yards and two touchdowns with a mix of inexperienced signal-callers under center. It looks like Olsen has something left in the tank, though, and Wilson will be a major boost to his fantasy value. He's in line for the No. 1 tight-end job, but Will Dissly (Achilles), who has played just 10 games over two NFL campaigns due to a pair of season-ending injuries, could push for that role once he's healthy.
Olsen is in contract negotiations with Buffalo, Washington and Seattle, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: A previous report suggested Olsen could make his decision Friday, choosing between the three aforementioned teams or the start of a new career in broadcasting. The tight end was released by the Panthers at the beginning of February and will celebrate his 35th birthday March 11.
Olsen could make a decision Friday between continuing his NFL career or switching to broadcasting work, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
Analysis: Olsen recently visited Buffalo, Washington and Seattle, and he also has an open offer from at least one television network. The tight end, who will turn 35 in March, seemingly intends to sign a new contract before the start of the new league year if he does indeed continue his football career.
Olsen is visiting the Bills on Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Olsen reportedly also has visits lined up with the Seahawks and Redskins. With no immediately looming deadline to commit to a team, and an open offer with FOX Sports for a broadcasting job on standby, the veteran tight end will likely take his time while deciding where (and if) to play football during the 2020 season. He appeared in 14 regular-season games with the Panthers in 2019, hauling in 52 of 82 targets for 597 yards and two touchdowns.
Olsen will visit with the Seahawks, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Released by Carolina on Monday, the veteran tight end reportedly has visits lined up with the Seahawks, Bills and Redskins. He'll turn 35 in March and has an open offer for a broadcasting job with FOX Sports, but it appears Olsen is leaning toward playing football for at least one more season. The Seahawks could use help at tight end, as Will Dissly (Achilles) is rehabbing from a severe injury for a second time in as many years, while Jacob Hollister was limited to 5.9 yards per target in 2019.
Olsen is expected to visit the Bills and Redskins in the near future, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Officially released by the Panthers in a cost-cutting move Monday, Olsen has an uncertain future for the first time in his 13-year career. He has connections with the two teams in question, as Buffalo GM Brandon Beane was in Carolina's front office from 2008 through 2016, while Washington head coach Ron Rivera served the same position during the vast majority of Olsen's tenure with the Panthers. Both the Bills and Redskins have a need at tight end, but Olsen has battled injuries the past three seasons, containing the soon-to-be 35-year-old to 96 catches (on 158 targets) for 1,079 yards and seven TDs in 30 (of a possible 48) games.
The Panthers released Olsen on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The two parties already agreed to mutually part ways, and the Panthers made it official Monday. Olsen will turn 35 years old in March, and he'll decide between retirement and signing with another team. According to Richard Deitsch of The Athletic, Olsen has a broadcasting job waiting for him with Fox Sports if he retires. Olsen finished with 52 receptions for 597 yards and two scores over 14 games in 2019.
Olsen and the Panthers have mutually agreed to part ways after this season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Olsen's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, noted that his client "is still interested in playing and I will be in communication with other teams after the Super Bowl." Meanwhile, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network notes that the tight could consider moving into the broadcasting realm, but at this point it looks like Olsen is inclined to continue his playing career in 2020, if the right offer comes along.
Olsen has a broadcasting job waiting for him with FOX Sports if he decides to retire from football, Richard Deitsch reports.
Analysis: Olsen previously suggested he doesn't expect to re-sign with the Panthers, so he's likely facing a transition of one kind or another. The tight end will celebrate his 35th birthday in March, and he already has some experience doing broadcast work for FOX. A decision should come within the next few months.
Olsen doesn't anticipate playing another season for the Panthers, Joe Person of The Athletic reports. "I just think sometimes the writing's on the wall," Olsen said. "There hasn't been anything officially."
Analysis: Olsen has one season remaining on his contract, but the Panthers will save $8.1 million against the 2020 salary cap if he's cut or traded. There's also some chance Olsen opts for retirement, as he'll turn 35 in March after battling foot injuries and a concussion over the past few years. For what it's worth, Panthers teammate Chris Hogan said his conversations with Olsen suggest the tight end wants to continue his NFL career. Regardless of how it happens, a departure from Carolina could free up the starting TE job for 23-year-old Ian Thomas, who has shown occasional flashes of pass-catching production but also has six drops and an average of just 9.0 yards per reception on 79 targets through two seasons.
Olsen (knee) has no injury designation for Sunday's game against the Saints.
Analysis: Olsen missed Weeks 14 and 15 due to a concussion and was scaled back to 57 percent of snaps in his return to the lineup last week in Indianapolis. He may be healthy enough to handle an every-down role, but that doesn't necessarily mean the Panthers will use him in that capacity. Ian Thomas could split snaps with Olsen for a second straight week.
Olsen (knee) was limited at Thursday's practice, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: Sidelined Weeks 14 and 15 due to a concussion, Olsen returned to action this past Sunday at Indianapolis, hooking up with first-time starting QB Will Grier twice for 33 yards on five targets. The veteran tight end came out of the contest with a knee injury, which so far has capped his reps this week. Olsen will attempt to ditch the issue entirely by the release of Friday's practice report.
Olsen was listed as a limited participant on the Panthers' estimated practice report Wednesday due to a knee injury, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Analysis: Olsen was sidelined for Weeks 14 and 15 while recovering from a concussion, but the Panthers' latest practice reports reveals that he's contending with a new concern heading into Sunday's season finale against the Saints. The fact that the Panthers didn't list him as a non-participant on their report bodes well for his chances of being available once the weekend arrives.
Olsen caught two of five passes for 33 yards during Sunday's 38-6 loss to Indianapolis.
Analysis: Following a two-game absence with a concussion, Olsen made a big 28-yard reception up the seam midway through the first quarter. He was quiet after that as rookie Will Grier had more downs than ups in his career debut. Olsen had a solid outing against Week 17's opponent, New Orleans, during their Week 12 matchup -- snagging five passes for 44 yards. Unless Grier takes a step in his second game, however, Olsen may have trouble matching that output in the season finale.
Olsen (concussion) has no injury designation for Sunday's game in Indianapolis.
Analysis: Olsen cleared the NFL's concussion protocol at the beginning of the week, setting the stage for a return to the lineup after two missed games. His presence pushes Ian Thomas back to a reserve role, though it isn't out of the question for the Panthers to reduce Olsen's workload over the final two weeks of the season. The 34-year-old tight end played at least 78 percent of snaps on offense in each of Carolina's first 11 games, before the concussion knocked him out early in a Week 13 loss to Washington. Whatever the plan might be, Olsen and Thomas will catch passes from Will Grier instead of Kyle Allen in Week 16.
Olsen said Monday that he cleared the NFL's concussion protocol, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: Though he was able to practice on a limited basis last week, Olsen was ultimately inactive for a second straight game in Sunday's 30-24 loss to the Seahawks. His removal from the protocol implies that he received clearance from an independent neurologist at some point since Friday's practice, so Olsen should be available next weekend in Indianapolis. Olsen's impending return to the lineup should result in a decreased role for Ian Thomas, who started at tight end the past two weeks.
Olsen (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Seattle, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Olsen was limited at practice Wednesday through Friday, unable to advance to full participation. His absence should lead to another start for Ian Thomas, who caught five of 10 targets for 57 yards and a touchdown in last week's 40-20 loss to Atlanta, logging 86 percent of snaps on offense.
Olsen (concussion) took part in Friday's practice, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Analysis: Olsen still has not cleared the league's concussion protocol, but he was able to practice on a limited basis all three days this week, which bodes well for his chances of returning to action Sunday against the Seahawks.
Interim coach Perry Fewell said Thursday that Olsen remains in the concussion protocol, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Olsen has maintained his on-field activity (limited) in back-to-back practices to start Week 15 prep, per Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer. Whenever he reaches the fifth and final phase, an independent neurologist will have to clear Olsen of symptoms before he can take part in game action. Whether or not that occurs this week remains to be seen, but Ian Thomas and Chris Manhertz are prepared to man tight end in the event of another DNP from Olsen.
Olsen (concussion) practiced again Thursday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Olsen was limited at Wednesday's practice, so we'll have to see if that was the case again Thursday, or if the tight end graduated to full participation. As of Wednesday, Olsen remained in the NFL's concussion protocol, but his ability to log back-to-back practices suggests that he's headed in the right direction as Sunday's game against the Seahawks approaches.
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