Greg Olsen Rumors: Veteran TE in Contract Talks with Bills, Seahawks, Redskins

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 14, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 22: Greg Olsen #88 of the Carolina Panthers warms-up before the start of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
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Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen has reportedly concluded his free-agent visits and started contract talks with the Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the update Friday after Olsen was released by the Carolina Panthers last week.

The 34-year-old University of Miami product was one of the NFL's best tight ends during his first six years with the Panthers. That includes a three-year stretch starting in 2014 where he recorded over 1,000 yards and earned a Pro Bowl selection each season.

His numbers have dipped over the last three campaigns mostly because of injuries.

He suffered a broken right foot during the second game of the 2017 season that required surgery. He returned later that year but fractured the foot again in the first contest of the 2018 campaign. He made 16 combined appearances over those two years.

Olsen played 14 games in 2019, sitting out two because of a concussion, but he also spent time on the Panthers' injury report because of a back injury.

He tallied 52 catches for 597 yards and two touchdowns this past season.

Although he's generating interest from NFL teams, he's also garnered "legitimate TV options" to consider if he wants to trade in his cleats for an analyst job, per Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.

A healthy Olsen would represent an upgrade at tight end for the Bills, Seahawks or Redskins.

Seattle and Washington have injury questions at the position with Will Dissly (torn Achilles) and Jordan Reed (concussions) questionable for the start of the 2020 season. Buffalo could use a proven commodity at the position while Dawson Knox continues to develop after a solid rookie year.

Olsen possesses a bright future in the broadcast booth, as he's displayed in stints with Fox Sports for both the NFL and the recently reincarnated XFL, but it'd be a surprise if he walks away from football without at least one more attempt to end his playing career on a high note.