Greg Olsen joins Seattle Seahawks on one-year, $7m deal

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The Seahawks have bolstered their options at tight end with the addition of free agent Greg Olsen.
The Seahawks have bolstered their options at tight end with the addition of free agent Greg Olsen.

Greg Olsen has joined the Seattle Seahawks on a one-year contract reportedly worth $7million.

Tight end Olsen was a free agent after being released by the Carolina Panthers and will now link up with quarterback Russell Wilson in a deal that has $5.5m in guarantees.

"The Seahawks are adding one of the NFL's most accomplished tight ends for the 2020 season," read the team's statement confirming the move.

Olsen, 34, spent nine years with the Panthers, having started his career with four seasons at the Chicago Bears, who selected him in the first round of the 2007 draft.

The veteran had three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons between 2014 and 2016, becoming the first TE in NFL history to achieve the feat.

Injuries restricted him to 16 outings across the next two years before he managed just 597 yards and two touchdowns across 14 games in 2019 as the Panthers struggled to a 5-11 record with starting QB Cam Newton ruled out for most of the season.

Seattle, meanwhile, impressed with an 11-5 record before reaching the divisional round of the playoffs, where they fell to a 28-23 loss against the Green Bay Packers.

Olsen strengthens their TE options with Will Dissly coming off a ruptured Achilles tendon, while Ed Dickson has only started one game in the last two years, Luke Willson is an unrestricted free agent and Jacob Hollister is a restricted free agent.

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