Will Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen enter the broadcast booth in 2020?
The Carolina Panthers are undergoing a significant amount of changes this offseason. After parting ways with long-time coach Ron Rivera, owner David Tepper hired former Baylor coach Matt Rhule and is in the process of putting his own stamp on the organization.
After taking over as only the second owner in franchise history during 2018, Tepper initially left many of the football operations alone but after back-to-back losing seasons, determined it was time for a change.
Tight end Greg Olsen unofficially said his goodbyes before, during and after a Week 17 loss to the visiting New Orleans Saints. Already primed for a broadcast opportunity once he officially retires, Olsen’s future may now be decided by former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
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According to reports, ESPN is potentially going to make Romo the highest paid sports broadcaster in history with a $10-$14 million per year contract offer. Should he accept, Romo would be changing networks from his current home – CBS – to the “worldwide leader in sports” and presumably Monday Night Football.
Olsen made a base salary of $1.9 million in 2019 and is due $6.6 million next year, plenty of incentive for a return to the field. However, seeing Romo may bring home nearly double that figure without having to risk injury, the possibility Olsen could garner a similar amount to his NFL salary (approximately $4-$8 million) by electing to enter the broadcast booth may become reality.
If Romo leaves, CBS will have an immediate opening alongside Jim Nantz. While others at the network have been preparing for such a role, there’s no denying Olsen has performed well when given the opportunity and is on a similar trajectory as Romo.
Should Romo stay, ESPN obviously understands they need a fresh perspective on Monday Night Football and could look to Olsen for an answer.