On a similar note, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports that two sources close to Olsen said he remains focused on playing for the Panthers in 2019. The 34-year-old tight end could still change his mind if he's disappointed with his rehab from December surgery, but it sounds like that's a long shot at this stage. The recent speculation about a job on Monday Night Football seems to have been sparked by Jason Witten's decision to leave ESPN and rejoin the Cowboys.
Coach Ron Rivera said Olsen (foot) would like to play next season, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Prior to enduring Jones fractures in his right foot in both of the past years, Olsen was a figure of health in his first 10 seasons, missing just two games overall. The injuries came on the heels of three consecutive 1,000-yard campaigns from 2014 through 2016. His average line during that stretch was 80-1,062-5 on 125 targets, so if he ultimately attains renewed health, he could be a valuable asset in what would be his age-34 season in the fall. Olsen is under contract through 2020.
Olsen (foot) said his mindset is to focus on rehab so he can play football in 2019, but he doesn't want to shut the door on any potential opportunities in broadcasting, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Olsen auditioned for a job with ESPN last March, then signed a two-year, $17.1 million extension (through 2020) in April. Coming off a second straight season marred by his problematic right foot, the veteran tight end has made multiple comments suggesting he plans to play another year. He could still change his mind if the rehab from December surgery doesn't go well, but it does seem he truly wants to play. Olsen will turn 34 in March and is believed to be facing a rehab timeline of 3-to-4 months. He should be healthy for training camp, if not for part of the offseason program.
Olsen (foot) expects to resume his career in 2019, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports. "I still enjoy playing and I still know I can play, Olsen said Wednesday.
Recently, Olsen underwent surgery on his right foot for the second time in as many seasons. The first one -- the insertion of a screw in September of 2017 -- was more or less a quick fix, and multiple aggravations ensued this season. On this occasion, Olsen had the screw replaced and also included a bone graft, which he told Rodrigue typically has a high success rate. According to Rodrigue, this surgery "fixed it [a Jones fracture] for good" in other players. While Olsen faces 3-4 months of rehabilitation, he's aiming to log a 13th pro season next fall.
Coach Ron Rivera expects Olsen (foot) to play football in 2019, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Olsen will turn 34 in March and is eventually expected to have a career in broadcasting, but it sounds like the Panthers expect him back for at least one more season. He recently had surgery to address a ruptured plantar fascia in his problematic right foot. Olsen may not be ready for the team's offseason program, but he should have enough time to finish up the rehab process before training camp opens.
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