|ADP:||Round: 12, Pick: 1|
|Ht / Wt:||6'6" / 255 lb.|
|Born:||March 11, 1985|
|Drafted:||2007 / Rd. 1 (31)|
Olsen caught two of three targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 37-34 loss to the Cardinals.
Analysis: Olsen was inches away from a solid fantasy day, as he appeared to catch a 23-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, but upon an official review, the call was reversed, as the veteran tight end didn't get both feel down. It's been an underwhelming campaign for Olsen despite being part of the highest-scoring offense in the league, as he's posted a 17-158-1 line through the first six games. Furthermore, he's starting to lose ground to third-year tight end Will Dissly, who recorded two receptions for 38 yards while playing just three fewer snaps than Olsen on Sunday.
Olsen caught his lone target for 20 yards in Sunday's 27-26 win over Minnesota.
Analysis: A week after leading the team in targets, Olsen dropped to the bottom of the pecking order. Perhaps it was based on a tough matchup against the Vikings' athletic coverage linebackers. The veteran tight end has had an up-and-down start with his new club, totaling 15 receptions, 140 yards and a touchdown. The return of fellow tight end Will Dissly (who scored a touchdown tonight) could cut into Olsen's targets moving forward, but we will have to wait until after a Week 6 bye to see how the playing time divvies up.
Olsen caught five of seven targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 31-23 win over the Dolphins.
Analysis: Olsen has garnered 13 targets over the past two weeks and turned them into 10 receptions for 96 yards but no touchdowns. The Seahawks have been creative with the veteran tight end, lining him up in the slot and even out wide at times, but he's still not getting many quality targets. Olsen has registered just 8.6 yards per reception and two red-zone targets through four games.
Olsen caught five of six targets for 61 yards in Sunday's 38-31 win over the Cowboys.
Analysis: Olsen had his best game as a Seahawk, and while he didn't find the end zone, he was just inches short of the paydirt at the end of the first half. He notched four first downs as well, having established trust with Russell Wilson in key situations. The 35-year-old TE isn't the 1,000-yard receiver he used to be, but the Seahawks' pass-heavy game plans bode well for him, so he's a viable option in deeper fantasy formats.
Olsen didn't haul in his long target in Sunday's 35-30 win over the Patriots.
Analysis: Olsen was targeted on the first drive, but the ball slipped through his hands and was intercepted by Devin McCourty, who took it the other way for a touchdown. The veteran TE didn't receive another target for the rest of the game. It was a costly mistake, but Olsen still logged 71 percent of the offensive snaps -- higher than Week 1's 66 percent. He'll continue to be the No. 1 TE in Seattle moving forward, but his fantasy value is touchdown-dependant.
Olsen caught all four targets for 24 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 38-25 win over the Falcons.
Analysis: With Will Dissly fully healthy from an Achilles injury, Olsen was still the clear No. 1 TE, playing 41 of 66 offensive snaps (66 percent) and leading the group in targets. All of Olsen's receptions went for 10 or fewer yards, so he may be just a touchdown-dependant fantasy asset, especially if Dissly starts cutting into his snap count now that he's proven his health.
Olsen could see the third most targets in Seattle's passing attack, Stacy Rost of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Analysis: Olson joined the Seahawks via a one-year, $7 million contract back in February. The 35-year-old veteran thus looks primed to operate as Seattle's top tight end, as his strongest competition will come in the form of Will Dissly (Achilles), who is recovering from a serious injury sustained last October. Russell Wilson is prone to leaning on the tight end position, as evidenced by Jacob Hollister finishing as the team's third-leading pass catcher in 2019, so it's certainly within the realm of possibility that Olsen could draw more targets than Phillip Dorsett or David Moore. Of course, Dissly, Hollister, Colby Parkinson (foot) and Luke Willson could also combine for enough of a workload to siphon notable targets away from Olsen.
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.
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