Greg Olsen is still an active player in the NFL. Despite flirting with ESPN for a role on Monday Night Football last season, Olsen signed a two-year extension with the Carolina Panthers for $17.1 million.
There is one year remaining on that deal, but that hasn’t stopped ESPN from trying to woo Olsen again, and this time the network has competition from Fox according to Andrew Marchand of The New York Post.
Marchand reports that ESPN’s plans for Olsen are largely undefined, but do include Olsen filling the spot on Sunday NFL Countdown left open by Charles Woodson’s departure. He could also fit into the network’s college football coverage, something Lee Fitting, the ESPN executive in charge of all football coverage, is looking for in new analysts.
Fox’s plans for Olsen are a little more concrete. Marchand says that the network wants to use Olsen as a game analyst and could be willing to offer him a role on either the B or C play-by-play team.
According to two unnamed sources, Greg Olsen prefers to remain on the Panthers’ roster in the 2019 season. It would take an offer close to the $3.4 million he would be giving up by retiring that also includes a clear path to advancement in the broadcasting world.