In a major move that wasn’t on anyone’s immediate radar, the Redskins were competing to land tight end Greg Olsen over the weekend and also made a play for free agent LeSean McCoy.
Olsen’s agent, Jordan Woy, confirmed Monday morning that the tight end had agreed to a five-year deal with the Seahawks, and the former Saints star played in their division for his first seven seasons and is now headed back to where he started his career.
The Seahawks, who traded John Carlson to the Bucs last week for an offensive lineman, are getting Olsen on a one-year deal and plan to re-sign free agent Darrell Daniels, who will help make up for the loss of starting tight end Jimmy Graham.
Olsen, 31, scored 29 touchdowns over his first seven seasons with the Saints before suffering a season-ending ankle injury in 2013. He played with the Panthers last season and was out with a broken foot before signing with the Bears in the offseason.
Buried on the Chicago depth chart, Olsen had just 26 catches for 263 yards and three touchdowns in the regular season. Despite this, Olsen still was a big draw among tight ends, whose value has been diminished by the emergence of Rob Gronkowski.
The market for tight ends is less interested in gamesmanship and more in quality over quantity these days. The Redskins had a chat with Olsen’s agent this weekend, according to a source, and held serious offers for McCoy, who is from Northern Virginia and loved visiting the Redskins on a visit in the offseason.
But Olsen could not pass up the opportunity to play for Pete Carroll and the Seahawks. Olsen served as an inspiration to Seahawks fans in 2010 when he tore his Achilles tendon in the preseason of his sixth season. They did not lose a single game with Olsen in the lineup.
“I had always heard about Pete’s teams through the years, and I got into Seattle. I was really excited,” Olsen said back in 2014. “My wife is from Seattle and we talked about some of the games she has seen or played in as a child. The facilities here are amazing. The facilities, to me, are the best in the league. The atmosphere is great. I love the fans, they’re awesome. It was a great place to play and I loved it there.”
In his farewell, Olsen said, “I just think the culture in Seattle is different than other places. It’s all about winning, and you’re judged by how you perform. That was the biggest reason why I wanted to come back. Obviously I could have signed elsewhere, but that’s not the reason I was here. That’s the main reason why I was here.”