Tight end Greg Olsen retires after 14 NFL seasons, will join Fox as analyst

After 14 seasons in the NFL, tight end Greg Olsen is calling it a career. The 14-year tight end announced his retirement Sunday during Fox's pregame coverage of the NFC championship game.

Olsen also revealed that he will join the network as an analyst, an agreement he'd reached prior to his final season in the league when he played for the Seattle Seahawks.   

"Proud of what I was able to accomplish, proud of the relationships, everything that this game has given me, but sometimes, when it's time, it's time," Olsen said during the pregame show. "And my time in the NFL has come to an end. I'm excited for the next chapter. I'm excited that that chapter involves the Fox family." 

Host Curt Menefee said Olsen will be in the broadcast booth next season. He worked as a color commentator alongside play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt during XFL games in February/March 2020 and it's expected the two will work together moving forward.  

During the 2019 season, Olsen called a game during his bye week and did the same in 2017

Carolina Panthers' Greg Olsen waves to the crowd during a Fan Fest practice in 2019. He spent the 2020 season with the Seattle Seahawks.

Olsen spent nine seasons with the Carolina Panthers and retires as the franchise's all-time leader in receiving yards (6,463) and receptions (524). Over 199 career games, Olsen, a three-time Pro Bowler, caught 742 passes for 8,683 yards and 60 touchdowns. Between 2014-16, Olsen became the first tight end in league history to post three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

The Chicago Bears drafted Olsen 31st overall in the 2007 draft after he played three seasons at Miami (Florida). Chicago traded him prior to the 2011 season and he signed a five-year contract with the Panthers before a pair of extensions. 

He played eight games with Seattle in 2020, but the Seahawks placed him on injured reserve in December; a multitude of injuries had slowed down the New Jersey native in recent years. 

Contributing: The Associated Press

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