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DK Metcalf’s dad recently ‘rekindled an old flame’ with Greg Olsen

DK Metcalf’s dad recently ‘rekindled an old flame’ with Greg Olsen

It’s been nearly 10 years since DK Metcalf’s father, Terrence Metcalf, stepped on the field as a professional NFL player, but not all of his former teammates have hung up their cleats. 

Greg Olsen, who signed with the Seahawks after being released by the Carolina Panthers in February, knows Terrence fondly. 

Olsen and Metcalf played together in Chicago when Olsen was a first-round pick in 2007 and Metcalf was a backup offensive lineman. They spent two seasons on the same team before Metcalf departed for the Lions in 2009.

12 years later, Olsen is one of the NFL’s elite tight ends and Terrence’s son, DK, is a star receiver for the Seahawks. About a month ago, DK decided to have his dad tag along for an offseason workout. 

He also invited a 35-year-old guest.  

It was one day, like a month ago, me and Greg worked out and I brought my dad up here with me and they rekindled an old flame. It was kind of funny because they just started smiling and Greg was like ‘I got to tell you about some stories in the locker room’ and all that. So, it looked like they had a pretty good relationship, but me just learning from Greg, it’s been great. -- Metcalf said during a Thursday press conference

Now, DK will be learning from the three-time Pro Bowler and seasoned veteran who played with his father. It’s an opportunity he doesn’t take for granted.  

“He can teach me a lot this offseason since he’s been in the league 20 years now,” Metcalf said of Olsen. “He’s a great player and just to learn from him is gonna be special.” 

Metcalf hauled in 58 receptions for 900 yards and seven touchdowns in his rookie debut and you can’t rule out a Julio Jones-sized jump for him in Year 2. 

The Seahawks believe the addition of Olsen can be a bigtime weapon for Russell Wilson and the offense this year. Olsen finished with 52 receptions for 597 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his 2019 campaign in Carolina. 

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann]

Greg Olsen to debut tight-end focused podcast called TE1

Greg Olsen to debut tight-end focused podcast called TE1

Greg Olsen is a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro on the football field, and no stranger to the broadcast booth. 

Now, the Seattle Seahawks tight end is looking to add podcast aficionado to his lengthy resume. 

Olsen announced this week that he will soon be releasing a seven-episode series called TE1, which focuses on long-form interviews with some of the NFL’s elite tight ends. The careers of players like Tony Gonzalez, Cole Kmet, Mike Ditka, Shannon Sharpe, Travis Kelce and George Kittle will be highlighted. 

According to Olsen’s latest tweet, the podcast will “chronicle a 60-year evolution of the tight end position.”

“I was able to have some incredibly raw and honest conversations you won’t be able to hear anywhere else,” Olsen said in a promo.

[Listen to the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest former Seattle Seahawks legend Steve Largent].

If Olsen’s podcast series is anything like his broadcast work as an analyst, TE1 will be a must-listen for football fans. 

Olsen signed a one-year deal with the Seahawks in February. He joins a young tight end room that includes Will Dissly, Jacob Hollister, Luke Willson and 2020 fourth-round pick Colby Parkinson, who recently broke his foot during a workout. 

Olsen will get an opportunity to catch passes from one of the NFL’s star quarterbacks in Russell Wilson. At Carolina, Olsen caught 524 receptions for 6,463 yards and 39 touchdowns – nearly all from Cam Newton, who recently signed with the New England Patriots. 

[RELATED: Richard Sherman disgusted by Cam Newton’s contract with Patriots]

Greg Olsen believes coronavirus lockdown impacted market for Cam Newton 

Greg Olsen believes coronavirus lockdown impacted market for Cam Newton 

Cam Newton is still out of work. 

The Carolina Panthers released the three-time Pro Bowler nearly two months ago, but now that the NFL Draft has now come and gone, and the shuffling of quarterbacks around the league has come to a halt, Newton remains without a franchise to call home. 

Greg Olsen, who was Newton’s teammate for nine seasons, believes he knows why.

“Getting released after the lockdown was put in place, I think really limited his chances of teams A.) seeing that he was healthy and B.) just having a conversation with your potential new quarterback,” Olsen told reporters on Tuesday. “I think that’s been a challenge for him. I just hope that as things continue opening up and life sort of starts resembling some normalcy again that he can start checking off some of those boxes because he’s too good of a player to not be on a team right now.”

He continued, “If he would have been released a little earlier, kind of like me, I was able to get out in front, come visit Seattle. Maybe Seattle doesn’t sign me if I don’t have a chance to go out there and meet them and the see me and do my physical.”

Olsen was released by Carolina on February 3 when restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak were not yet in place. This allowed the veteran tight end to make visits to Buffalo, Washington and Seattle and take physicals with each team. Olsen signed with the Seahawks in late February.

Newton, on the other hand, was not released until March 24 after the free agent signing period had begun and travel bans impacted the league.

“I think the timing of everything going on in the world and specifically as it pertains to our country and the NFL, with him coming off the injuries, was just really not an ideal situation," Olsen said. 

Foot and shoulder injuries caused Newton to miss all but two games in 2019. While it was reported in late March that Newton had passed a physical, the inability to show prospective teams he can play like the Cam Newton of years’ past likely remains a concern. 

Much like Super Bowl 50 when Newton failed to pursue a fumble recovery or an interception in the biggest game of his life, his chances at NFL glory are quickly zipping away. 

At this point, Newton could follow in the path of Andy Dalton and Jameis Winston and sign a one-year deal as backup quarterback. Heck, it’s a deal the Seattle Seahawks could even be interested in at the right price. 

But if he waits it out in this unique quarterback market, Newton could find himself unemployed for the next year or awaiting a call from a team for when someone gets hurt. He’s 30 years old, and will be 31 in a few days, there’s no telling how much he has left in the tank.  

Greg Olsen expects to play at a high level for Seahawks in 2020

Greg Olsen expects to play at a high level for Seahawks in 2020

Greg Olsen didn’t mince words on a Zoom call with local reporters on Tuesday.

This isn’t a swan song for him. He doesn’t view the 2020 season, the 14th of his career, as his farewell tour. He’ll be a willing leader, but he didn’t join the Seattle Seahawks to be anyone’s “big brother.”

Olsen, a three-time Pro Bowler with 718 career catches for 8,444 yards and 59 touchdowns, believes he’s still a damn good tight end capable of contributing in a big way.

“I know I can play. I know what I’ve been able to achieve, but there are still some things that I haven’t been able to achieve,” Olsen said, presumably hinting at his lack of a Super Bowl ring. “That was my main message to the teams that reached out. I told them, ‘I’m not just doing this to collect a paycheck and extend my career. I’ve done all that. I’m looking to go somewhere and win and perform at a high level and contribute.

“I know what I can still do. I know how my body feels and there’s nothing that I can’t do now that I did years back.’ I’m excited to join this group and this organization.”

Seattle won a three-team race to sign Olsen back in February, beating out the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins. That’s no small feat given Olsen’s familiarity with members of those other two organizations from his days with the Carolina Panthers.

The opportunity to play with Russell Wilson and join the Seahawks culture of winning were the two main selling points for the veteran tight end.

He’ll now spearhead a talented crop of tight ends in Seattle. Will Dissly figures to be the other main contributor, health permitting. Fourth-round pick Colby Parkinson is a wildcard in terms of what role he may be able to carve out for himself as a rookie. Luke Willson and Jacob Hollister will also have their say in a competition for gameday reps.

Olsen said he’s not willing to look beyond what’s ahead of him with the Seahawks in 2020. Everyone knows he has a promising broadcast career waiting for him once he retires. Olsen has notably called games on FOX during his bye week the last few years and also was a part of the network’s XFL broadcast team this winter.

But Olsen still loves football, and he has the benefit of taking things one year at a time.

“My headspace right now is real singular focused. All of my time and energy is about having the best season I can have this year. I haven’t drawn any conclusions about those opportunities down the road. I haven’t put a concrete ending on my career.”

For all of the conversation about rookies and young talent that takes place this time of year, one of Seattle’s top storylines entering this season will be about how much of a factor Olsen can be for Wilson and the Seahawks’ passing game. Given Olsen’s confidence on Tuesday, those contributions could be immense.

Be sure to listen to the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Texas Tech head football coach Matt Wells.

Will Ferrell makes cameo as Greg Olsen in Seahawks virtual meeting

Will Ferrell makes cameo as Greg Olsen in Seahawks virtual meeting

The Seattle Seahawks got to meet their newest tight end...kind of. 

During a Zoom meeting with the team’s 90-man roster, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll invited veteran Greg Olsen to crash the meeting and it was actually, wait for it, Will Ferrell. 

In the virtual meeting, the comedian/actor cladded in Seahawks gear, asks quarterback Russell Wilson to make a baby with him, draws up a special play called “90-go-flywheel Kanye Starburst,” and shows off his 1-pack workout bod. 

He also made it clear he has no desire to be called upon as a blocker or play special teams and will limit his play to 12 plays a game to fulfill his broadcast booth duties. 

Classic, Greg (or should we say Will?): 

Ferrell and Carroll became BFF’s back at USC when Carroll was the head football coach and Ferrell was a proud Trojan alum and booster. The two have even made appearances together at USC.

One time, Ferrell climbed on stage with Carroll’s assistance and kicked a field goal into the crowd.

The dynamic duo is real life Brennan and Dale from Step Brothers and you love to see it. 

Listen to the latest Talkin' Seahawks podcast with Joe Fann below: 

Luke Willson on Tiger King ‘I think it’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen’

Luke Willson on Tiger King ‘I think it’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen’

The 2020 NFL season hasn’t started yet, but the Seattle Seahawks tight end room is already divided over one controversial topic. 

Is Tiger King actually good? 

In a Seahawks tight end video chat on Monday night, tight ends Will Dissly, Luke Willson and Jacob Hollister welcomed in veteran Greg Olsen to the position room. 

Minutes into the conversation, the group shared their thoughts on the Netflix documentary, Tiger King, which explores big cat breeding and has unusual characters like Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin. 

Luke Willson immediately unleashed this hot take. 

“I think it’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen,” Willson said. “It’s insanely dumb.”

Will Dissly admits he loved Tiger King, mainly because its exemplified the Sunshine State's crazy stereotype.

“If you were like what’s going on in Florida, and you tried to picture the most exotic, crazy thing in your mind, you’re not even going to come close to what Tiger King is,” Dissly said. “That’s why it’s awesome.”

Jacob Hollister seemed caught off guard by the weird docuseries from the very start, but he couldn’t stop watching. 

“I remember when I got done watching the first episode and I thought, am I going to keep watching this?” Hollister said. “It was entertaining, that’s for sure.”

The whole conversation took a turn when Dissly shared he, like Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin, would like to own a tiger. 

“Could you imagine this huge jungle animal? Like Mike Tyson dude,” Dissly said. “You just got to treat him fairly.”

Willson quickly interjected, because no dude, it’s a tiger. Hollister shot back with this sensational response. 

“It sounds to me like Will’s campaigning for Carole Baskin.”

The best part of the whole Tiger King debacle was 35-year-old Olsen issuing this response to his much younger teammates. 

“You young guys, man.”

The Seahawks tight end room is going to very interesting this season, that’s for sure. Is it football season yet? Watch the whole video sesh via the Seahawks below. 

Greg Olsen played with DK Metcalf’s dad Terrence in NFL 

Greg Olsen played with DK Metcalf’s dad Terrence in NFL 

Greg Olsen has been in the NFL for 13 seasons.

Over the years, he’s played with thousands of players, but he’s never played with a father and son…until now. 

After being released by the Carolina Panthers last month and signing with the Seattle Seahawks, Olsen was dumbfounded when it was revealed he’d be playing alongside second-year wide receiver DK Metcalf. Olsen told the Dan Patrick Show that DK isn't the first Metcalf in the family he's happened to be teammates with.

"I actually played in Chicago with DK Metcalf's father. So that's how old I am/how young he is," Olsen said. "So this is going to be the first time in my career that I will play with a father and son. His father was Terrence Metcalf. He was one of our offensive lineman in Chicago my first year or so up there and here I am all these years later playing with his kid."

Olsen was a first-round pick by the Bears in 2007 when Terrence Metcalf was a backup offensive lineman. They played two seasons together before Metcalf departed for the Lions in 2009. Terrence Metcalf played in 84 career games for the Bears while starting 25 games. 

Now, Olsen will be teammates with DK Metcalf, who caught 58 passes for 900 yards and seven touchdowns in his rookie season. Imagine that. 

Greg Olsen couldn't pass up opportunity to sign with Seahawks

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Greg Olsen couldn't pass up opportunity to sign with Seahawks

Greg Olsen had several options upon his release from the Carolina Panthers: He could retire from football and pursue his broadcast career or he could suit up in a uniform, join a contender, and give it a go one more time. 

The three-time Pro Bowler had visits with the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills, before arriving in Seattle to meet with the Seahawks, his eventual choice.

"It was just too good of an opportunity to pass up," Olsen told Seahawks.com. "Their track record of success, consistency of winning. I've played in this city many times, and just the fanbase, the excitement, that stadium is one of the more unique venues in all of sports. And obviously Coach (Pete) Carroll, playing with somebody like Russell (Wilson), it just checks so many boxes I was looking for, and I'm confident I can just come in and do my part and help try to put (us) over the edge."

The veteran tight end signed his one-year deal reportedly worth $7 million with $5.5 million in guaranteed money on Monday.

For Olsen, the opportunity to play alongside quarterback Russell Wilson and under head coach Pete Carroll is something special. But at 34, Olsen is also determined to add Super Bowl champion to his lengthy list of accomplishments.

"I’ve seen you guys from the other side of the field, numerous times over the last few years,” Olsen told fans in the video above. “I’m glad to join you guys and try to bring the Super Bowl back to Seattle.”

And hopefully Olsen will get his opportunity to play for a championship in 2020. The Seahawks have been in the playoffs eight times in 10 seasons, and are coming off an 11-5 season that ended in a loss to the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round. Hampered by injuries at the tight end position, Olsen will have the opportunity to make an impact immediately as one of Russell Wilson's top targets. 

REPORT: Veteran tight end Greg Olsen signs with Seahawks over Bills, Redskins

REPORT: Veteran tight end Greg Olsen signs with Seahawks over Bills, Redskins

I’m sure Russell Wilson is going to like this news: He has a new weapon in Seattle.

Veteran tight end Greg Olsen has agreed to a deal to join Wilson and the Seahawks, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal is for one-year, $7 million with $5.5 million guaranteed. 

Olsen completed his free agent tour earlier this week with trips to the Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks and began contract negotiations with each team on Friday, per Schefter.

The 34-year-old was also rumored to be considering a number of television gigs that are waiting for him upon retirement, but it appears he has more football left in the tank.

Olsen will join a Seattle tight end room that includes Will Dissly, Luke Willson, Jacob Hollister and Ed Dickson, all who remain question marks.

Dissly had a stellar start to the 2019 season, recording 23 receptions for 262 yards and four touchdowns in the five games, before going down with an Achilles injury in Cleveland. He is expected to return healthy in 2020 and is entering the third season of a four-year rookie deal. Hollister is a restricted free agent, but a likely candidate to be re-signed. Dickson will likely be released for salary cap relief, while Willson is set to hit free agency in March.

Despite his age, Olsen is still a reliable receiver with a veteran presence Seattle could benefit from. In his final season with the Carolina Panthers, Olsen caught 52 passes for 597 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games. He did all of this with an injured Cam Newton, then Kyle Allen and rookie Will Grier leading the way.

Olsen has been in the NFL for 14 illustrious years, since being drafted by the Bears in 2007, spending nine seasons with Carolina. His tenure ended with the Panthers several weeks ago, when the two parties agreed to mutually part ways.

He accumulated three Pro Bowl nods and has three seasons of 1,000-plus receiving yards. Now, he’s got a valuable quarterback to help take him to the next level. Let’s see if Olsen and the Seahawks can reach new heights.

Greg Olsen’s three-team tour ends in Seattle on Wednesday

Greg Olsen’s three-team tour ends in Seattle on Wednesday

Free agent tight end Greg Olsen is making his rounds across the NFL in search of a new team.

After visiting the Buffalo Bills last week, Olsen’s next stops are with the Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the veteran tight end has a date with the Seahawks this Wednesday. Olsen is reportedly still weighing retirement and has a broadcasting job waiting for him at FOX should he decide to leave football.

The 34-year-old is expected to make a decision by the end of this week. 

An Olsen signing makes since for Seattle logistically. Will Dissly is coming back from a torn Achilles, his second season-ending injury in consecutive years. While Dissly will soon be back at full strength and restricted free agent Jacob Hollister is expected back in 2020, it wouldn’t hurt to have an insurance policy.

Olsen played 14 games in 2019 and finished with 52 catches for 597 yards and two touchdowns with the Carolina Panthers. In his 13-year career, which includes two Pro Bowl selections, Olsen has 718 receptions for 8,444 yards and 59 touchdowns.

The Seahawks are also listening to franchise quarterback Russell Wilson, who has made it clear he wants to surround himself with superstar caliber players. Could Olsen be one of those players for Seattle? We are days away from finding out. One thing is for sure: Olsen can still play.