Greg Olsen officially became a member of the Seattle Seahawks Monday afternoon after he dotted the I’s, crossed the T’s and signed his one year deal with the Seahawks. When the Carolina Panthers released him this offseason Olsen had plenty of suitors looking to incorporate the three-time Pro Bowler into their offense.
When Olsen began his search for the right fit money was not as important as the culture of the team and the organization from top to bottom. So when Seattle came calling the decision was easy according to Olsen.
“It was just too good of an opportunity to pass up,” Olsen said. “Their track record of success, consistency of winning. I’ve played in this city many times, and just the fanbase, the excitement, that stadium is one of the more unique venues in all of sports. And obviously Coach (Pete) Carroll, playing with somebody like Russell (Wilson), it just checks so many boxes I was looking for, and I’m confident I can just come in and do my part and help try to put (us) over the edge.”Greg Olsen on the Seattle Seahawks culture.
CHANCE TO COMPETE
The 34-year-old Olsen has established himself as one of the best tight ends in this era. Olsen has 718 catches and 8, 444 receiving yards which ranks him fifth all-time among tight ends behind only Tony Gonzalez, Jason Witten, Antonio Gates, and Shannon Sharpe. Olsen believes he still has some gas left in the tank and the Seahawks will provide him an opportunity to compete for a starting position and play for a team with Super Bowl-winning aspirations
It’s huge. As I’ve said, they checked so many boxes. At this point in my career, what I’m looking for is things I’ve always valued in my career: consistency, doing things the right way, everybody being all in. This entire organization has really represented that for the last decade. To have an opportunity to be a part of that was really appealing. I’m really excited to get out here and join everybody in April for OTAs and learn a new team and learn a new city and learning a new coaching staff. There’s something exciting about that at this stage in my career. That newness is exciting and energizing for me.