Greg Olsen has the talent and charisma that make him one of the best tight ends in the NFL when healthy, and a natural leader for the Carolina Panthers.

Those characteristics also make him a natural for television after his playing career ends.

Reports surfaced he was in line to replace Jason Witten in the booth. 

This was something he had no idea about, and tweeted his reaction to the news. 

Looks like that report was a tad premature.

Olsen told last month that his focus was on rehabbing from surgery on his right foot and returning to the elite level he performed at from 2014 to ’16, when he became the first tight end in NFL history to record three straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

Carolina coach Ron Rivera said last week that Olsen “has told me he wants to play.” Rivera said that at the NFL combine, but it was shortly before Witten’s announcement.

The Panthers, according to a league source, are moving forward with offseason plans that include Olsen. There would be shock at Bank of America Stadium if that changed.

Don’t retire Olsen just yet. 

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