The first domino of the Seattle Seahawks’ offseason plans has fallen into place.
Late Tuesday afternoon, ESPN insider Adam Schefter reported former Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen signed with the Seahawks, a move that was later confirmed by the team.
It had been reported earlier in February by Schefter himself there was mutual interest between the Seahawks and Olsen. Now the rumors have become reality as Seattle has made the first headlines of the impending free agency season.
This is a great low risk, high reward signing for the Seahawks. With only $5.5 million guaranteed to Olsen, Seattle certainly isn’t breaking the bank for a quality veteran and former Pro Bowl tight end.
The Seahawks also addressed an area of need rather quickly.
After Will Dissly went down with another season ending injury and reserve tight end Luke Willson kept battling nagging injuries as well, the tight end position became rather thin quickly for Seattle.
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Having Olsen in the fold, who is used to a physical, run-first style offense, will provide Russell Wilson and the offense the consistency at the position they were lacking in the latter half of the 2019 campaign.
Although the 34-year-old Olsen may not be what he once was at his prime, he firmly believes he can still play. He clearly isn’t the only one who holds this belief, as Olsen also negotiated with the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills.
Olsen, the 31st selection by the Chicago Bearsin 2007, had 52 catches for 597 yards and two touchdowns this past season. He has 718 career catches for 8,444 yards and 59 touchdowns.
Olsen, who will turn 35 on March 11, holds the Panthers’ franchise record for single-season receiving yards (1,104 in 2015) and receptions (84 in 2014) by a tight end.