Report: Panthers TE Olsen auditions for MNF

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen could be looking at a potential future on ESPN's "Monday Night Football" broadcast team.

The New York Post reported Olsen is auditioning for such a position this week. He could also be an option for Thursday Night Football on FOX, per the Post.

However, NFL Network reports Olsen "has committed to playing for Carolina for 2018 and beyond," so his audition appears to be more about the future than any looming possibility of retirement.

Either way, Carolina appears interested in adding depth at the position around Olsen, having visited with former first-round pick Eric Ebron and Luke Willson. Olsen, acquired from the Chicago Bears in 2012 for a third-round pick, posted 1,000-yard seasons from 2014-2016.

Olsen worked as an analyst in the playoffs, and the 33-year-old has regularly accepted broadcasting opportunities, including working with NFL Network at the NFL Combine.

He is also quarterback Cam Newton's favorite receiver in a group of pass catchers overhauled last season, though he missed nine games with a foot injury and posted career lows in catches (17), yards (191) and touchdowns (one).

Olsen, 33, is scheduled to make $9.75 million in 2018.

--Field Level Media