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On Thursday, Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen signed a two-year contract extension after thinking about a potential broadcasting career.

The new deal is worth $8.55 million per season, with an annual maximum value of up to $10.05 million.

“I’ve made it clear over the past year that I want to keep playing and I want to play here,” Olsen said in a statement Thursday. “Both sides were very fair and worked on it in a timely manner. I feel really good about what we were able to get done both for ourselves and the team.”

Olsen was entering the final season of a three-year extension he signed in March 2015.

Olsen has consistently told media that he wanted an extension with the Panthers and would prefer to end his career in Carolina.

The 33-year-old Olsen missed nine games last season with a broken foot suffered in Week 2. It was the first time since his first season with the Panthers (2011) that he missed a start.

Before last season, Olsen made history as the only tight end in NFL history to have three consecutive seasons (2014-16) with at least 1,000 yards receiving.



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