Quick Links

Could Greg Olsen be a fit with Redskins after parting with Panthers?

Could Greg Olsen be a fit with Redskins after parting with Panthers?

The Carolina Panthers announced on Thursday that the team would be parting ways with veteran tight end Greg Olsen after nine seasons. 

When it comes to what's next for Olsen, there are options other than football available. During the past few seasons, when Olsen suffered multiple injuries, he spent time in the broadcasting booth calling NFL games. Now, without a team, the soon-to-be 35-year-old could have opted for the profession full time. However, a statement from Olsen explained that he is determined to continue his playing career in 2020.

"At this time I have not closed the door on any potential career options," he said in the statement posted to Twitter. "I still have the love of football in my heart and will explore all opportunities presented to me."

ESPN's Adam Schefter also reported that Olsen's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, explained that he "will be in communication with other teams after the Super Bowl.”

All signs point to the 13-year NFL veteran being on the lookout for a new team. Playing 14 games in 2019 and catching 52 passes for 597 yards and two touchdowns, Olsen can still be a serviceable target while providing a solid locker room presence for plenty of teams. Could the Redskins be one of them? There are a couple of reasons to think yes.

The first is Olsen's relationship and history with new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera. Rivera, who Olsen thanked in his tweet, was the head coach in Carolina for Olsen's entire tenure besides the last few games in 2019 after Rivera was fired. The two came into the Panthers organization together in 2011 and spent nine seasons working together through ups and downs. Having built a strong bond, Olsen has expressed nothing but love for his former head coach.

After it was announced that Rivera would be heading to Washington, Olsen told reporters that he believed it was a perfect fit. Relating the Redskins situation with Dwayne Haskins to Rivera's beginning in Carolina with Cam Newton, Olsen felt there was no one better to take on a young team with a growing quarterback.

"Ron is the guy for that type of job," Olsen said. "I think you could put him in a lot of different circumstances and he'll do a good job."

Olsen may want to look for a team that is considered closer to contending for a Super Bowl, but heading to a place where he knows the guy in charge may be appealing as well.

While that could be enough for Olsen to want the Redskins, the Redskins need to want Olsen as well. Looking at the tight end situation in Washington, the reliable pass-catcher could play a role.

Entering 2020, there are is no sure bets as to who will man that position for the Redskins. In 2019, Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis played a combined four games due to injuries. Reed, though as talented as anybody when on the field, has had a hard time staying on it. With a history of injuries, there have even been reports that the tight end's career could be in jeopardy.

As for Davis, the veteran is a free agent entering his age-36 season. His ability to keep himself healthy has allowed him to continue to be a useful option in the passing game in recent years, but that wasn't the case last season. There's no guarantee he's back in Washington come 2020.

With that, the Redskins are in need of a versatile and explosive tight end target for Dwayne Haskins to look to. Olsen may not be that, but he could play the reliable, veteran role Davis held. Injuries in 2017 and 2018 limited his time on the field, but Olsen was able to appear in 14 games in 2019. If he can stay healthy, he has the ability to produce on the field and take a leadership position in a young locker room.

Olsen and the Redskins may never happen, and there are a lot of "ifs" in the equation. But, there is potential if the two sides want to explore the option.

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports. Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream Capitals and Wizards games easily from your device.


Quick Links

2020 NFL Draft to include virtual moment of draft picks meeting Roger Goodell

2020 NFL Draft to include virtual moment of draft picks meeting Roger Goodell

The coronavirus pandemic will prevent 2020 NFL Draft picks from experiencing the post-selection handshake with commissioner Roger Goodell, but that doesn't mean this year's draft will be completely devoid of that moment. 

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, EA Sports will create a virtual moment featuring Goodell shaking hands with each team's first-round pick to go along with a remote draft. 

In order to do this as accurately as possible, EA Sports reached out to a number of likely first-round picks to get an idea of how they planned to greet the commissioner the moment they were drafted. 

Each prospect will also choose a high school to receive a $2,500 grant toward its football program. 

Whether the Redskins draft Chase Young, Tua Tagovailoa or trade back, Washington fans will be able to see their newest addition virtually walk across the draft stage.

The 2020 NFL Draft will be anything but normal compared to recent years, though it'll at least have a few items like this to make it an enjoyable night for everyone involved. 


Stay connected to the Capitals and Wizards with the MyTeams app. Click here to download for comprehensive coverage of your teams.


Quick Links

How to watch NBC Sports Washington's Mock Draft Mondays

How to watch NBC Sports Washington's Mock Draft Mondays

It's hard to believe, but the NFL Draft is less than three weeks away.

To break everything down, both the Redskins and Ravens crews here at NBC Sports Washington will debut a special show, Mock Draft Monday's presented by Papa John's, on Monday, April 6.

The Redskins hold the second overall pick in this year's draft, and many expect them to select Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young. Several draft experts have deemed Young as a generational talent and a can't miss prospect. But there's also the option of trading down in the draft to acquire more assets, and a QB-needy team like the Miami Dolphins at No. 5 could be a potential trade partner.

In addition to discussing what the Redskins will do with the No. 2 pick, the Redskins Talk crew will speak with newly-signed cornerback Kendall Fuller, Super Bowl-winning QB Joe Theismann, and Miami Dolphins beat reporter Safid Deen, who discusses a potential trade with Washington.

A total of 26 picks in the first round will pass between when the Redskins make their choice at No. 2 and when the Baltimore Ravens make their selection at No. 28, barring neither side makes a trade. The Ravens have multiple positions of need, such as both the interior offensive and defensive line, as well as wide receiver. What Baltimore will do at the end of the first round remains a mystery.

In NBC Sports Washington's latest Mock Draft, the Redskins unsurprisingly select Young at No. 2 while the Ravens nab Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray.


Here's everything you need to know.

NBCSW's Mock Draft Mondays: How to watch

What: Mock Draft Mondays presented by Papa John's

When: Monday, April 6

Time: 6:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Channel: NBC Sports Washington (channel finder

Redskins Talent: JP Finlay, Julie Donaldson, Pete Hailey, Brian Mitchell, and Mitch Tischler

Ravens Talent: Andrew Gillis and Jordan Giorgio

Stay connected to the Capitals and Wizards with the MyTeams app. Click here to download for comprehensive coverage of your teams.