Panthers’ Greg Olsen hints at retirement

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has hinted at retirement. He said nothing was official following the Panthers loss to the New Orleans Saints in the regular season finale on Sunday.

Olsen considered retirement last off-season. But ultimately elected to come back to play for another season.

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen runs with the ball after making a reception against the Washington Redskins
Greg Olsen runs with the ball after making a reception against the Washington Redskins (Getty Images)

“Sometimes, the writing’s on the wall,” Olsen said. “It hasn’t been anything official, but I think I wanted to make sure that if that was my last time, I made sure I told the people I needed to and what they’ve meant to me; how much it meant to me to play for these guys, playing with these coaches, the trainers and medical staff. I wanted to make sure I didn’t have any regrets on how this season ended.”

If this was his final game in the NFL, he had two receptions for 12 yards. He missed the second half of the game — and the Panthers fan gave him a standing ovation with 1:56 left in the contest.

He appeared in 13 games this season and started every game he played in. Olsen had 50 receptions for 585 yards and two touchdowns.

If he does retire, Olsen will leave the sport as a Top 10 tight end in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns. The 34-year-old Paterson, New Jersey native would leave with 718 receptions for 8,444 yards and 59 touchdowns.

He will likely go into broadcasting. During the Panthers bye week, he was a broadcaster for FOX Sports​, as he was an analyst for the Arizona Cardinals​ and New York Giants​ game on Oct. 20.

This was his second assignment for Fox Sports.

At one time last off-season, Olsen was being considered for a broadcasting role with ESPN’s Monday Night Football. This was after Jason Witten elected to come out of retirement and play for the Dallas Cowboys once again.

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