Panthers, TE Olsen agree to part ways

Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers’ Greg Olsen (88) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts’ Rock Ya-Sin (34) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WNCN) – The Carolina Panthers and longtime tight end Greg Olsen have agreed to part ways, the team announced Thursday evening.

The 13-year veteran ranks fifth all-time among tight ends in catches (718) and yards (8,444). He is Carolina’s all-time leading tight end in both of those metrics.

“Today, I had the opportunity to sit down with (general manager) Marty Hurney and have a great conversation regarding my future with the organization. The team and I are both on the same page that it is best we go in different directions for now,” Olsen said. “On the field, I will always cherish the nine seasons we shared together. The wins, the losses, standing at midfield holding the Halas Trophy as NFC champs. The reality of going to the Super Bowl was beyond words, as was the disappointment of falling short.

“Off the field is where my family felt the warmest embrace. In 2012, upon the news breaking regarding the challenges our son would face, the entire Carolina community wrapped their arms around us in support. My wife Kara and I will be forever grateful for the love and prayers shared with us since that time.

“Regardless of what path we choose, I will always be a Carolina Panther.”

Greg Olsen

Olsen was picked in the first round of the 2007 draft by the Chicago Bears. He was traded to the Panthers in 2011. He played every game from 2011-16.

Olsen became the first tight end to record three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. He is a three-time Pro Bowler. He finished 2019 with 52 catches for 597 yards and two touchdowns.

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