Report: Greg Olsen Signs Fox Sports Contract to Call NFL Games After Retirement

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 13, 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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Seattle Seahawks tight end Greg Olsen will transition to the broadcast booth when he hangs up his cleats.

The New York Post's Andrew Marchand reported Fox Sports signed a deal with Olsen that will see him work alongside Kevin Burkhardt as the network's No. 2 game analyst.

The news comes as little surprise since the 35-year-old has already worked with Fox on game broadcasts. He had also joined Fox briefly for its XFL coverage this spring.

Olsen told The Athletic's Joseph Person in January he was weighing all of his options for 2020 when it came to playing or retiring and moving to broadcasting. Person added that he "has also been offered full-time broadcast opportunities with multiple networks."

Olsen signed a one-year, $7 million deal with the Seahawks, so he could join Fox as early as 2021. According to Marchand, Fox would continue to hold a spot for him if he decided to play next year as well.

This isn't the first time a major network worked proactively to address its NFL coverage. Marchand reported in April that NBC Sports had agreed to a deal with New Orleans Saints star Drew Brees. Unlike Olsen, Brees will initially work Notre Dame games and serve as an in-studio analyst while preparing to eventually succeed Cris Collinsworth on Sunday Night Football.

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