Seahawks land Greg Olsen

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Greg Olsen took some time to make up his mind about what to do after visiting Buffalo, Seattle and Washington following his release from the Panthers, but he’s come to a decision.

PFT has learned, via a league source, that Olsen is signing with the Seahawks. It is a one-year deal worth $7 million with $5.5 million in guaranteed money.

Buffalo and Washington had clear connections to Olsen from his time in Carolina, but he’ll be playing for Pete Carroll rather than reuniting with Sean McDermott or Ron Rivera in a new city. That will make him a new target for Russell Wilson to use as the Seahawks try to return to the postseason in 2020.

Will Dissly, Jacob Hollister and Luke Willson saw the most snaps at tight end for Seattle in 2019. Dissly tore his Achilles during the 2019 season while Willson is set for free agency in March. Ed Dickson spent all of the regular season on injured reserve and is under contract for 2020, but the Seahawks may prefer to spend his $3 million cap hit elsewhere.

52 responses to “Seahawks land Greg Olsen

  1. Great….PUP him first 8 games while Dissly gets his 4-6 games healthy out of the way before another injury then week 8 bring in the Dickson replacement Olsen to try and finish out the season.

    Seattle will start the season almost healthy on offense, yet score around 13-16 a game through September because that’s Petey Ball….then as injuries mount and Wilson has to do more with less….he will throw to Hollister and Jermaine Kearse(watch them resign him) an put up 27+ October-December.

  2. Yes! Wilson has been needing a solid TE for awhile…hope Olsen has one injury free season left in him. I love this signing.

  3. Whatever. Here’s hoping the contract prohibits him from doing color analysis for XFL games. This guy is brutal. Someone said he has a future in broadcasting. Not feeling the burn.

  4. billzbubb says:
    February 18, 2020 at 6:12 pm
    Glad the Redskins didn’t pay him that.
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    Yeah, the Redskins are notorious for their wise personnel decisions…

  5. billzbubb says:
    February 18, 2020 at 6:12 pm
    Glad the Redskins didn’t pay him that.
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    Im glad the Bills didnt either. He’s a few years and a few injuries years past being worth that kind of money….Good luck Seattle….

  6. Can’t count on Dissly, unfortunately, and Willson will be long gone. So if we have two TE’s and they’re Olsen and Hollister – it’s an upgrade.

    Frees us up to draft at other positions of need. We’ll see if he can stay on the field though.

  7. Seattle thought they found their quality tight end in Jimmy Graham. That didn’t work out so well. I don’t know why they couldn’t find one in the draft.

  8. Lost alot of respect for Olson picking a lowlife cheating organization like the Seahawks. Good thing he never won the Walter Payton award, they smelled his BS

  9. NinerOutsider says:
    February 18, 2020 at 5:58 pm
    I think Hollister is developing just fine and is a cheaper option, I wouldn’t sign him.

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    Why? You think a team needs only one TE?

  10. I would drop Dickson if I didn’t think he could come back and play at 100%for a full season. But with Fant leaving, in all likelihood, there is no need to make that move. Seahawks like to employ several multiple TE sets. This moves allows that, even if Fant gets some team to make him their starting Left Tackle.

  11. Too much cap money for an old man on his last leg. Good luck Seattle. You guys could have filled a different need with someone better with that $7 million and then gotten someone on a rookie contract with no injury issues through the draft to play tight end.

  12. Good move for both the team and the player. You have to think Olsen wanted to go where he has the best chance of winning a Super Bowl. Meanwhile the Seahawks truly need a TE that can both block and catch the ball.

    Providing Hollister, Dissly, and Olsen can stay healthy the Seahawks will have one of the better TE groups in the league. This signing seems like a good one for all involved.

  13. Nothing would please me more than to see the Eagles trounce the cheap ass, dirty, conspiracy theory head coach spouting Seahawks out of the playoffs next year. On to the Sixers. Seattle on to the Super So…Oh wait! That’s right, they don’t exist!

  14. It doesn’t matter who they sign as long as they continue to play not to lose. If they want to sign talent and put their foot on the gas for 60 minutes…great. If they want to play 1-score games and squeak out every win, then why put $7 mil into a TE who might play at most 8 games.

    TE is a difficult position to draft for, but I’m hoping Seattle is in a position to draft Freiermuth next year. He looks like a beast.

  15. Seattle had one of the worst Defensive lines in all the NFL this past season. But the unrealistic Seahawk fans all around me in the NW were saying crazing things like…..’wait til Reed serves his 6 game suspension and week 7 the front line has Ansah, Ford, Reed, and Clowney…the line will be top 5 easy!’

    Now it’s……’if our TE group of Dissly, Hollister, Willson, and now Olsen stay healthy we will have a top TE group!’ It’s baffling being a hardcore Hawk fan and having to listen to these goofball thoughts. Willson and Hollister wouldn’t even make 26 out of the 32 teams and that leaves us with 2 injury riddled legitimate starters in Dissly and Olsen. If Seattle finds a rookie TE to go with Dissly and Olsen…..they will have an above average TE threesome. That’s the ceiling.

  16. Is it a strange coincidence or do tight ends often get injured at a high rate? Look at Tyler Eifert, Hunter Henry, Jordan Reed, and there were some guys who needed to retire from injuries like Ladarius Green and I think the Broncos and Texans lost a ton of them over the years.

    Marcedes Lewis is still in the league though somehow, he must take great care of himself.

  17. Yawn. Not sure why so many critical views. Hawks have a boatload of cap space and while $7mm seems steep, cutting Dickson saves $3mm, so it’s like $4mm net. Yawn. Cut Britt will save another $8mm. KJ Wright has a $10mm cap hit and that’s a real overpay. I can see KJ restructuring or hit the streets.

    It’s a 1 yr stop gap. Nobody knows how it will turn out but Wilson is so much more of an accurate passer than anything Olsen’s ever seen (Newton is WEAK) that let’s just wait until we see how it plays out. The potential down the seam option is intriguing.

    Until then, it’s a low risk 1 yr deal to a team that doesn’t have a TE.

  18. patbutler87 says:
    February 18, 2020 at 8:06 pm
    Is it a strange coincidence or do tight ends often get injured at a high rate? Look at Tyler Eifert, Hunter Henry, Jordan Reed, and there were some guys who needed to retire from injuries like Ladarius Green and I think the Broncos and Texans lost a ton of them over the years.

    Marcedes Lewis is still in the league though somehow, he must take great care of himself.
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    Not a coincidence. They are easy targets for knee shots, and they fall hard when they hit the ground while advancing catches. Not to mention bulkier frames tweak and tear more when making sudden movements-

  19. Good receiving TE but I’d be surprised if he doesn’t have the fewest yards-after-contact in the history of the league.

  20. “$7M for 4-6 games doesn’t make sense, but ok.”

    The Seahawks just need him in top form for the playoffs…

  21. Glad Washington didnt sign him. We just went through multiple seasons of injured TEs.
    Young and healthy, thats what we need.

  22. realitycheckbaby says:
    February 18, 2020 at 6:54 pm
    Let’s face it. Everyone wants to play for the Seahawks and with Russ>>

    Not anyone that actually wants to win a Ring. Cash grab for an old tight end. Good for him.

  23. unclebluck says:
    February 18, 2020 at 6:30 pm
    billzbubb says:
    February 18, 2020 at 6:12 pm
    Glad the Redskins didn’t pay him that.
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    Im glad the Bills didnt either. He’s a few years and a few injuries years past being worth that kind of money….Good luck Seattle….

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    It’s 5.5 guaranteed from a team with a ton of cap space. This isn’t a significant amount whatsoever. And for a team that needed TE depth to begin with…they just signed a proven all around veteran who can still play and will help Dissly and Hollister come along. This was a no brainer for the Hawks.

  24. “Whatever. Here’s hoping the contract prohibits him from doing color analysis for XFL games. This guy is brutal. Someone said he has a future in broadcasting. Not feeling the burn.”

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    He actually did a decent job. Sounded like a slightly better than average commentor. If you thought he was one of the bad ones, you haven’t been watching football long. Give ESPN a shot if you don’t believe me.

  25. Will Dissley is a great tight end…bit be the injury bug…Olsen will stabilize the TE group until Dissley is 100% healthy. Hollister ended up being a good pick-up as well for Seattle as well….

  26. Not only does Olson give Hawks a great second option – hopefully for more two tight end rather than injury – he’ll teach Dissly a lot.

    His durability shouldn’t be as big a deal if he’s not counted on for all the snaps.

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