Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen wants a contract extension, but will not hold out in an effort to force negotiations and reported for training camp on Tuesday.
Scheduled to earn $6.5 million in each of the next two seasons, Olsen said he “will play out” his contract. The 32-year-old said he wants to put the team first following a turbulent past week that saw Panthers owner Jerry Richardson fire general manager David Gettleman and bring back former GM Marty Hurney on an interim basis.
“At the end of the day it really came down to with everything going on, obviously now with the transition to Marty, kind of the slight chaos that went around for another week I didn’t think that it was right to add fuel to that fire,” Olsen said, per the NFL Network. “Make things that much more complicated, add any more distraction or controversy to our team.”
Linebacker Thomas Davis also wants a new contract, and many believe previous and upcoming contract issues with star players was a driving force behind Richardson’s move to part with Gettleman. In his first week in the role, Hurney reached a multi-year agreement with guard Trai Turner.
Olsen is the only tight end in NFL history to post three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons.