Panthers sign Greg Olsen to three-year contract extension


The Panthers entered the offseason needing to add offensive weapons.

But their first move was to hang onto their most explosive one.

The Panthers announced that tight end Greg Olsen had signed a three-year extension to keep him in place through the 2018 season.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus told PFT the deal was worth $22.5 million with $12 million to sign.

It’s really a dream come true,” Olsen said. “Since we’ve come to Charlotte, we very quickly realized that this is home. This community quickly embraced our family, so we put down roots here. We love it here. This is home for us.

“Now to have this contract that guarantees that I’ll play the rest of my career in Charlotte is a tremendous blessing. We’re just so thankful for the team believing in me and wanting me to still be a part of this. As a team, we have a lot of special times ahead of us.”

Originally acquired in a trade with the Bears, Olsen’s coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance after an 84-catch, 1,008-yard season.

He was Cam Newton’s most dependable receiver last season, as they’re developing wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin.

18 responses to “Panthers sign Greg Olsen to three-year contract extension

  1. Good move Carolina. Olsen is one of the better TE’s in the game; just doesn’t get the hype of that Gronk or Jimmy Graham get. I’m still PO’d that Mike Martz traded him to the Panthers.

  2. Trading him brought the Bears one of the draft picks that they subsequently used for Brandon Marshall. Now Marshall is on the way to his next team, and Olsen will likely finish his career as a productive player in Carolina. Typical Bears luck.

  3. Never seen a player get tripped up by the turf more than Olsen, but he does perform that’s for sure.

    And sorry folks, I’d rather have had Marshall for a couple of Seasons AND Bennett at TE than Olsen, not even close.

  4. Team Captain, pro bowl player and all around great teammate. Glad he’ll be here for three more years.

  5. Being a Hurricane fan and Dolphins fan I was screaming for the Fins to draft him and of coarse I was let down. Olsen is a all around top 3 TE in the game and I hope he continues to light it up.

  6. Sounds like the Panthers got a great deal because Olden genuinely lives the city and community of Charlotte. That’s great to hear. You don’t really often hear about players’ love for a city that isn’t NYC or L.A.

  7. Olsen may be considered the 3rd best TE in the NFL but in terms of the best no drama TE in the NFL he is ranked first in my eyes. A true blue collar guy that does everything at a high level pros pro. Thor has the best hands among TE’s in the game and is top 5 overall. He had 83 catches last year with 3 drops.

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