By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen wants to play next season. However, it is not a given that he will play.
CBS Sports, Fox Sports, and ESPN will all vie for his services to go into broadcasting after this season. He would have to receive a huge contract from one of these companies to leave the NFL.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten received that offer from ESPN right before the 2018 NFL Draft. He is reportedly making around $4 million to call Monday Night Football games.
If those plans do not happen, he will return as Cam Newton’s favorite target. Both would be healthy in 2019.
Olsen has battled two injuries this season. He recently had surgery on a foot problem that has been bothering him since the start of the 2017 season.
Olsen should be ready to go when camp starts in July. Next season should be the final year of his career.
The 33-year-old Paterson, New Jersey native has 27 receptions for 291 yards in nine starts this season. He also has four touchdowns.
He has played the last eight seasons with the Panthers, including 112 appearances and 109 starts. He has 472 receptions for 5,866 yards and 37 touchdowns.
With the Chicago Bears, where he played his first four seasons, he appeared in 62 games and made 39 starts. He had 194 receptions for 1,981 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Olsen is signed through the 2020 season. He is slated to make $1.9 million in base salary in 2019 with a $3.7 million signing bonus. He will receive a $1 million roster bonus and a $500,000 workout bonus.
He has a $6.6 million base salary in 2020. He also has another $3.7 million signing bonus with a $1 million roster bonus and a $500,000 workout bonus.
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