Report: Tight end Greg Olsen to visit the Bills

The 13-year veteran was released by the Carolina Panthers on Monday

Sal Capaccio
February 03, 2020 - 7:37 pm

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Buffalo Bills will be hosting veteran free agent tight end Greg Olsen on a visit.

The report comes on the same day the Carolina Panthers officially released Olsen, although it came as no surprise after the team and player agreed to mutually part ways last week.

The 13-year NFL veteran has 718 career receptions, totaling 8,444 yards and 59 touchdowns. He’s spent the last nine years in Carolina after spending his first four seasons with the Chicago Bears, who selected him in the first round (31st overall) in the 2007 NFL Draft.  

The Bills currently have five tight ends on their roster, including Dawson Knox, Tommy Sweeney, Lee Smith, Nate Becker, and Tyler Kroft.

Jason Croom is scheduled to become an Exclusive Rights Free Agent next month. Assuming the team gives him the minimum qualifying offer, that would give them six players at the position.

Kroft has two years remaining on a three-year deal signed last offseason. However, the Bills could release him and save $5 million of salary cap space in 2020. Kroft missed five games last season after injuring his foot on the first day of organized team activities, then re-injured it as he was close to returning to the field early in the regular season. He caught six passes for 71 yards for the season and a touchdown. He also missed 11 games in 2018 while with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Olsen has had his injury concerns, as well. The soon-to-be 35-year-old has missed 18 games over the last three seasons due to foot injuries. Over the last four seasons, the two have played the exact same amount of games. Olsen has been far more productive.

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