Greg Olsen is a worthwhile target as a second tight end in a tight end premium league, but that's about it. Age and injuries have robbed him of his natural talent, but at least he'll play with a great quarterback on a Seattle team that allocated 102 targets to tight ends in 2019 and may throw the ball even more in 2020. Playing time should be in his favor but target share might not be considering the depth of the Seahawks' wide receiver corps and tight end group. A Week 1 matchup against the Falcons makes Olsen a decent streaming option, but matchups after that aren't as rosy. You may prefer to draft a tight end with more upside (Jonnu Smith, Jace Sternberger, Blake Jarwin) over 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. 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. 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. 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. Olsen reportedly also has visits lined up with the Seahawks and Redskins. With no immediate deadline to commit to a team and an open offer for a broadcasting job with Fox Sports 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 is expected to visit the Bills and Redskins in the near future, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. 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 in 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.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/21||New England Patriots||12||6.35|
|8||11/01||San Francisco 49ers||6||5.42|
|10||11/15||@Los Angeles Rams||20||7.25|
|13||12/06||New York Giants||25||8.00|
|14||12/13||New York Jets||4||5.13|
|16||12/27||Los Angeles Rams||20||7.25|
|17||01/03||@San Francisco 49ers||6||5.42|
|3 Year Avg||53||32||360||2||22||11.25||48|