Olsen will visit the Seahawks next, traveling out to the West Coast on Wednesday. He met with the Bills last week as he weighs playing another year in 2020 or starting his broadcast career.
Both Washington and Seattle have major needs at tight end that signing Olsen would help address. While Seattle is seemingly more primed as a contender, Olsen would be able to reunite with former HC Ron Rivera in Washington.
Olsen said last week in an interview with ESPN 1000 that while he hasn’t heard from the Bears, he was hoping that his former team was among the interested teams.
“I’ll be honest in my heart I was hoping they would have been one of the first calls. To my knowledge we have not heard from them. Whether or not they do or not is hard to say,” Olsen said.
It’s worth mentioning that signing Olsen to a contract will not factor into a team’s 2021 compensatory picks, given that he was released.
Olsen, 34, is a former first-round pick of the Bears back in 2007. He played four years for Chicago before he was traded to the Panthers in 2011.
Olsen was in the final year of a four-year, $27.75 million contract when he agreed to a two-year, $17 million extension back in 2018. He was set to make a base salary of $6.6 million for the 2020 season.
In 2019, Olsen appeared in 14 games for the Panthers and caught 52 passes for 597 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
We have him included in our Top 100 – 2020 Free Agents list.