Olsen said it's too early to say whether he'd consider holding out of training camp as part of his effort to secure a new contract, ESPN.com's Adam Schefter reports.
Considering training camp is only five weeks away, Olsen presumably at least has some idea about his plan for landing a new contract. His $6.5 million base salaries for the next two seasons would seem to make him a clear bargain in comparison to other top tight ends, but the situation is partly of his choosing, as his contract contains a much higher percentage in guarantees (53.3 percent) than the deals signed by Rob Gronkowski, Jordan Reed, Travis Kelce and Jimmy Graham. Olsen agreed to the deal two years ago, seemingly trading some upside in exchange for security. The Panthers probably don't want to set the precedent of a large-scale renegotiation for a contract that was signed only two years ago and still has two years remaining, but the 32-year-old Olsen did mention that he hopes to play another five or six seasons, which could make an extension amenable to both parties. He hasn't missed a game since 2007 despite handling a heavy workload throughout his time in Carolina, drawing triple-digit targets each of the past five seasons, including 122 or more the last three years.
Olsen was limited to one of his quietest performances of the season, as his reception and yardage totals were both his second lowest in a game in 2016. Despite the disappointing finish, the veteran tight end still finishes with the second-best reception (80) and yardage (1,073) totals of his career, along with a third consecutive 1,000-yard season that serves as a record for a tight end.
Olsen (elbow) is active for Sunday's game at Tampa Bay, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Olsen has only participated in one practice both of the past two weeks, but uncapped showings on back-to-back Fridays paved the way for game action in Weeks 16 and 17. Already having accomplished a feat achieved by no other tight end in NFL history -- 1,000-plus receiving yards in three consecutive seasons -- he sits only 54 yards short of his career-high 1,104 yards from the 2015 campaign.
Olsen (elbow) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.
Olsen's only involvement in practice this week came Friday, but considering he participated in a complete capacity, it seems the veteran should be able to suit up Sunday. However, if his elbow injury unexpectedly impact his availability, Carolina would be down to just Ed Dickson and Chris Manhertz at tight end.
Olsen appears to be following his practice schedule from a week ago, when he opened with back-to-back DNPs before a full session Friday. If Olsen indeed replicates the feat, Rivera's assessment will have been upheld. Sitting on 1,051 receiving yards through 15 games, he requires just 54 yards to surpass his career-best mark from last season.
|P2||8/19/17||@ TEN||3:00 pm|
|P3||8/24/17||@ JAC||7:30 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ SF||4:25 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|7||10/22/17||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/26/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|