Report: FOX, ESPN pursuing Greg Olsen

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Panthers tight end Greg Olsen said this month that his plan is to play in 2019, but plans can change and two broadcasters are reportedly still trying to persuade Olsen to leave the field.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports that FOX and ESPN have both made Olsen offers to hire him for the coming season.

Marchand reports, via sources who have spoken to Olsen, that any offer would have to come close to the $3.4 million he stands to make from Carolina in 2019 and would have to include “a clear path to even more opportunities.”

The FOX job would be a game analyst role, although what team he’d be part of is not known at this time. Troy Aikman is the analyst on FOX’s No. 1 Sunday team and also works the Thursday night slate for the network.

ESPN’s offer is not clearly defined. The team did part ways with Charles Woodson this offseason and that opened a spot on their pregame team.

14 responses to “Report: FOX, ESPN pursuing Greg Olsen

  1. Romo and Witten have proven to be good hires because they both have good personalities and can simplify the game to viewers, yet point out the “next level thinking” that goes on within each play. Two great additions to the booth. I also really like McFarland. He’s a big ball of fun and enthusiasm and has a smart take on the game.

  2. Injuries have ravaged this man. He was trending towards an elite TE. But he really exhausted every option to get healthy & play last season. That leads me to believe he still DEFINITELY wants to play. Plus when healthy, the Panthers team as a whole, is always a contender. It would take a massive offer I believe for him to walk away. Still think he has the goods to be an elite weapon in the red zone. Just not so much a downfield threat anymore. Funchess looks to be headed to FA which creates the need for Olsen. Let’s see what Carolina does in the draft, great depth at TE this year. Plus, & his name escapes me at the moment, but his backup seemed to have a lot of potential.

  3. bmacwillconn says:

    February 26, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Romo and Witten have proven to be good hires because they both have good personalities and can simplify the game to viewers, yet point out the “next level thinking” that goes on within each play. Two great additions to the booth. I also really like McFarland. He’s a big ball of fun and enthusiasm and has a smart take on the game.
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    Are you kidding? Romo and Witten shoukd not be talked about the same. Romo has become 1 of if the not the most enjoyable commentator to watch where as Witten struggled mightily although did improve thru this season. As for Booger I can’t get past that stupid chair they put him in.

  4. Do we need more athletes in the booth? Olsen seems more preoccupied with being on TV than playing football.

  5. I’m still angry at Jerry Angelo for trading this guy away. And in all fairness, he’s still angry at himself based on an interview I saw.

  6. Olsen is has 10x the TV savvy that Witten does, as most people know. He’ll have a nice career at some point, whether it’s this season or not. I’d love to have him back for another year, both for his play-making ability and his tutelage to Ian Thomas, but I am worried about his feet being able to hold up.

    Speaking of his career, boy Marty Hurney sure did get the best of Jerry Angelo in that deal. Bears traded a 26-year old Olsen to the Panthers for a 3rd round pick that the Bears used on a safety who was out of the league in 2 years.

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