Panthers Extend Greg Olsen on 3-Year Deal
The Carolina Panthers seem to know when they have a good thing, and when they do, they don’t let it get away. That’s why the team has reportedly finalized a new extension with tight end Greg Olsen, good for three years and $22.5 million.
Olsen was already signed through the 2015 NFL season, but due to stellar play and a lack of proven receiving options throughout the rest of the offense, the Panthers made sure he’d be locked up through the 2018 season, as well. It was a solid move by the Panthers, who worked to keep one of Cam Newton’s favorite weapons in town to help maintain continuity within the offense.
Coming off a career year in which he established highs in receptions (84) and receiving yardage (1,008 yards), Olsen more than earned his new deal, while also hauling in six touchdown catches. More importantly, Olsen was a constant reliable target over the middle of the field and in the red-zone, playing a key role in aiding Carolina’s run to the playoffs for the second year in a row.
With Olsen locked up for the next few years, Carolina knows now that they have two quality receiving options (along with second-year receiver Kelvin Benjamin) and could be one more impact player on offense from taking things to the next level.
Olsen has enjoyed a successful run to this point with the Panthers, as he’s registered 69 or more receptions in three of four seasons with the team, while hauling in a total of 22 touchdowns. Carolina has also been firmly established as Olsen’s new home. After spending four years with the Chicago Bears, Olsen was traded to Carolina in 2011 after Mike Martz didn’t have a use for him. Four years later, it looks like Olsen has found a permanent home with a team that has figured out exactly how to use the gifted tight end.
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