The Seattle Seahawks added a big weapon to their offense on Tuesday, signing three-time Pro Bowler and NFL veteran tight end Greg Olsen to a one-year deal worth $7 million.
The former Carolina Panther hit the free agent market after being released by his former team earlier in the month. Olsen spent nine seasons with the NFC South franchise, establishing himself as one of the top tight ends in the league.
The 34-year-old New Jersey native was the 31st overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft, beginning his career with the Chicago Bears.
The productive pass catcher spent the best stretch of his career with Carolina from 2014 to 2016, a period in which he was named a Pro Bowler in every season and a second-team All Pro selection twice.
Olsen has seen himself slowed down in recent years thanks to multiple foot ailments, including two fractures. He has missed 18 games over the past three seasons, seeing his numbers decline sharply.
The Miami alum was much healthier in 2019, only missing two games. However, he did see his production slow down, catching 52 passes for 597 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Olsen will look to revitalize his career in the Seahawks’ dynamic offense, led by quarterback Russell Wilson.