Olsen reiterated that desire Wednesday, saying he feels “business should reflect productivity” during an appearance on Adam Schefter of ESPN’s podcast, “Know Them from Adam.”
Asked if he’d hold out from training camp in order to leverage a new deal, the veteran tight end was noncommittal.
“I think it’s early right now,” Olsen said, according to Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper. “As the summer goes on and we get some feedback from the organization on how they feel, we’ll make the best decision we can. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that we feel very strongly about where we should be in that totem pole of top tight ends. I’d be hard-pressed to find anybody who could make a reasonable argument to the contrary.”
Olsen’s produced three straight 1,000-yard seasons and has shown little sign of decline. The 32-year-old is contracted through the 2018 season and ranks seventh among tight ends in terms of annual salary.
With the Panthers still unable to surround Cam Newton with reliable receivers, it might be in Carolina’s best interest to keep its best offensive weapon happy.
Despite his refusal to close the door on a holdout, Olsen insisted there’s been “no fighting” with the Panthers about his deal.
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