Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that “nothing is imminent” regarding a new contract for Panthers TE Greg Olsen, despite agent Drew Rosenhaus negotiating with the team for the past month.
Olsen said on Wednesday that he has not spoken to interim GM Marty Hurney but is hopeful something gets done within the next couple of weeks.
“I haven’t talked to Marty about it or anybody about it,” Olsen said. “If something gets done, great. But we’ve got a lot going on now with training camp and preseason and whatnot. So it hasn’t been really something I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about. But we’ll see over these next couple of weeks what happens.”
Olsen was once considering a hold out in order to secure a contract that would pay him among the top tight ends in the NFL, but he reportedly decided against holding out of training camp.
There was some speculation that the Panthers’ recent decision to fire GM Dave Gettleman could be related to the lack of progress towards new contracts for veteran players including Olsen. However, he later downplayed his role in the situation.
Olsen, 32, is entering the third year of a four-year, $27.75 million contract and is set to make a base salary of $6.5 million over the course of the final two years of his deal.
In 2016, Olsen appeared in all 16 games and caught 80 passes for 1,073 yards receiving and three touchdowns for the Panthers. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 3 tight end in the league out of 63 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding a new contract for Olsen as the news is available.