The breakup between Greg Olsen and the Carolina Panthers may not have been amicable after all.
Appearing on WFNZ’s “Wilson & Parcell” show on Tuesday, the free-agent tight end spoke about leaving Carolina after nine seasons, noting he would have stuck around had the team kept the door open for a potential return.
“I told them all along that if they wanted me back obviously I would have been back,” Olsen said. “The ‘mutually parting’ might have been a little bit overblown. The reality is, they weren’t going to bring me back at my current contract, and with my age, and with the direction of the team. I understood it, but I didn’t force my way out of here.”
He continued, “I told them, I said, ‘If you guys want me back, and I have a place on this roster come July, then that’s a whole different story.’”
Last week, the Panthers announced in a statement they had “mutually” parted ways with Olsen, who signed a two-year, $17.1 million extension in 2018. The three-time Pro Bowler will also turn 35 in March.
Olsen is still drawing interest around the league, as he’s expected to visit the Bills, Seahawks and the Redskins, now under the direction of his former coach, Ron Rivera. Should he forgo the NFL altogether, Olsen has drawn interest from Fox as a football analyst, The Post’s Andrew Marchand previously reported.
As for the Panthers, they’re in Matt Rhule’s hands now. In January, the former Baylor coach agreed to a seven-year, $62 million contract.