Still no decision on whether Greg Olsen will hold out

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During Friday’s extended discussion with NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus, one thing became clear: He does not like to hold clients out of training camp. As it relates to one of his current clients, however, something else became clear: There’s a chance Panthers tight end Greg Olsen will be the exception.

Echoing Olsen’s recent comments about the player’s desire for a new deal, Rosenhaus said a decision hasn’t been made regarding whether Olsen will show up for training camp. Due to make $6.5 million in each of the next two years, Olsen wants something that better reflects his productivity.

For players under contract, a holdout carries a price tag of $40,000 per day. The move also risks alienating fans, who abhor any and all potential disruptions to their favorite team’s ability to prepare for the season.

Either way, an answer is coming fairly soon. The Panthers report for training camp in 11 days.

The full interview with Rosenhaus is available at Apple Podcasts, audioBoom, and wherever else podcasts can be downloaded.

14 responses to “Still no decision on whether Greg Olsen will hold out

  1. Guy is one of the most complete TE’s in the game, pay the man.

    IMO he’s borderline HOF and a couple more productive years gets him in.

  2. the panthers cant afford to not pay this guy, if they wanna go anywhere this year. clearly the key to the entire panther offense.

  3. Must suck to have a job where the boss can fire you at any time, and not honor the terms of the contract themselves, but you are expected to. Maybe players might want to look for short term contracts, rather than backload big bucks that probably won’t be paid.

  4. He should hold out.
    He’s the best player on that offense and the real leader by example when Cam is busy with his childish antics.

  5. Due to make $6.5 million in each of the next two years, Olsen wants something that better reflects his productivity.

    This doesn’t tell the entire story. What they fail to consider is he recieved a $12M signing bonus on his latest four-year deal. I guess he just considers that a Christmas gift and not part of the overall compensation. Considering the signing bonus that would make this year worth roughly $9.5M. If he wants a new deal then he should give back the other half of the signing bonus, then they can talk about it. He only made $1.25M last year so why wasn’t he whining last year? Maybe he’s already spent all of the $12M signing bonus and needs more money now…more than $6.5M. After all, how can he expect to feed his family with such an insulting salary.

    He signed the contract. He needs to at least play this year before asking for more money. Then he’ll ask for it all as a signing bonus so he can whine about how little his salary is year after year all the while laughing all the way to the bank with the signing bonus.

  6. proudchowdahead13 says:
    Jul 15, 2017 9:54 AM
    Must suck to have a job where the boss can fire you at any time, and not honor the terms of the contract themselves, but you are expected to. Maybe players might want to look for short term contracts, rather than backload big bucks that probably won’t be paid.
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    4 years, $27 million. Olsen got paid $13 million in year 1 of his current contract. Now he’s upset because he only gets another $14 million total in years 2-4. He shouldn’t have signed for an average of $7 million per year if he wasn’t happy with that.

    I’m sure he had no problem making $13 million that first year though.

  7. Gettleman needs to give the man a new deal but he is a skin flint and tight with JR’s money. Pay the man and move on. He deserves it and should hold out if he does not get a new deal.

  8. He has every right to ask for double what he’s being paid. If Carolina has the capability to cut him free and clear by all means hold out. Very few times does a player have solid leverage……..this is one of those cases.

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