Greg Olsen reveals why he signed with Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks made a splash when they verbally agreed to sign impending free agent tight end Greg Olsen. The 34-year-old three-time Pro-Bowler, who spent the past nine seasons with the Carolina Panthers, will have a new home in the Pacific Northwest.
“It was just too good of an opportunity to pass up,” Olsen said. “Their track record of success, consistency of winning. I’ve played in this city many times, and just the fanbase, the excitement, that stadium is one of the more unique venues in all of sports. And obviously Coach (Pete) Carroll, playing with somebody like Russell (Wilson), it just checks so many boxes I was looking for, and I’m confident I can just come in and do my part and help try to put (us) over the edge.”
“Just the entire organization has been so first class, and that’s everything,” Olsen said. “When I did my research, everybody I talked to said the same thing—it’s a special place, they do things the right way, they treat people the right way. And in my couple of days out here visiting with everybody, I kind of saw with my own eyes what everyone was talking about.”
It’s difficult to envision Olsen, a longtime fixture in ex-Panthers head coach Ron Rivera’s offense, playing for another franchise, but the Seahawks will get their hands on an experienced pass-catcher at tight end for the 2020 season.
In 14 games last season, Olsen recorded 597 receiving yards on 52 catches for two touchdowns.
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