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Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen reports to avoid being 'distraction'

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen reports to avoid being 'distraction'”

While the threat to withhold services is the only real leverage players under contract have, he apparently wasn't willing to exercise it, even though he may be underpaid relative to other tight ends considering his recent production.

Olsen, the only tight end in National Football League history to post three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons, has two years left on his deal that will pay him $6.5 million in each of the 2017 and 2018 seasons. "I'm also respectful of where the team comes and all those things considered". His $12 million guaranteed puts him 12th among active tight ends.

However, owner Jerry Richardson fired Gettleman with one week remaining before training camp handing the reigns to former Panthers general manager Marty Hurney. Seattle's Jimmy Graham tops the list with an average of $10 million per year.

While Olsen has another season beyond 2017 remaining on his contract, the same can not be said for the aforementioned Davis.

Entering the final year of his contract, Davis' situation carries more urgency than that of Olsen, who has two years left on his deal.

I just didn't think my selfishness would do any good for the betterment of the team. I didn't think it was fair to Mr.

Olsen, 32, is one of two team captains seeking an extension.

While Olsen spoke to the media shortly after checking in to camp, Davis arrived a little later after reporters had dispersed. Sources told Person that his refusal to give new deals to Olsen and linebacker Thomas Davis were ultimately the biggest factor in his firing.

Olsen said his relationship with Gettleman was good. "As far as I'm concerned, all that stuff is over now". We tried to get something done. It didn't work out. But he said his focus was trying to play well this season and win a Super Bowl ring.



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