Former Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen made it clear that he wasn’t quite ready to hang up the cleats and call it a career. Now, it’s clear that he was serious about that as the Seattle Seahawks are bringing in the veteran on a one-year deal that will pay him up to $7 million, with $5.5 million guaranteed.
Greg Olsen really liked Buffalo and Washington, and strongly considered both. But the lure of playing with Russell Wilson in Seattle was just too strong. Olsen takes a 1-year, $7 million deal with the Seahawks.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 18, 2020
Olsen also had an interest in Buffalo and Washington. It’s not surprising that he would be interested in Buffalo because at this point in his career one would think he would be looking to go to a playoff-caliber team, but his interest in Washington is interesting. However, he will now be making his way up to the Pacific Northwest to play for a perennial playoff team.
Olsen’s skills as a blocker in the run game have deteriorated over the past couple of seasons, but the soon-to-be 35-year old tight end has been able to stay consistent in his ability to be a pass-catcher. Even in his last three seasons where he has been banged up, he has managed to put up similar numbers when he has played.
This past season Olsen played 14 games and averaged 11.5 yards per catch on 52 catches. That’s still solid production from a 34-year old. Also notable was him still averaging 7.3 yards per target.
Jacob Hollister did a nice job last season when he was asked to step in and become the main tight end after the injury to Will Dissly, but with Dissly having issues staying healthy, only playing 10 games in his first two seasons in the NFL, addressing the tight end position was a must for Seattle.
And luckily for Seattle, they got one of the better tight ends that will be on the market this offseason. Hunter Henry and Austin Hooper are also slated to be free agents and those will likely be the most coveted free agent tight ends now that Olsen is on the market, but they are also likely going to command more money than Seattle was able to sign Olsen for.
Outside of those two, it’s going to be a pretty thin market for tight ends. With the Seattle front office able to get one of the better ones out there for a decent price on just a one-year deal makes this a very solid move because Russell Wilson will now have an established tight end to throw to, and Seattle needed to add at least one legit weapon this offseason.
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