Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, citing two league sources, reports that Panthers TE Greg Olsen would like to renegotiate his current contract and be compensated as one of the top tight ends in the league.
Olsen said that in an “ideal world” the team would restructure the remaining two years of his contract since he is one of the best tight ends in the NFL.
“In the ideal world, that’d be great,” Olsen said. “I’m very confident on where I stand in the league and where I belong. Both productivity and all things considered, there’s nobody that’s been more productive or more consistent than I have. And I’ll stand on that until the cows come home.”
“You can make of that what you may,” Olsen added. “I feel comfortable with where I belong, and hopefully other people do, too.”
Olsen is currently the seventh-highest paid tight end, despite being one of the most productive players in the league at his position for the last number of years.
Panthers HC Ron Rivera said that he expects Olsen to continue being one of the team’s best players.
“He’s done a great job since he’s been here. Every year he’s had a great year,” Rivera said. “We just expect him to continue to be that guy for us.”
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 deal for Olsen as the news is available.