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Tight end Greg Olsen aiming for decision by end of week

Free-agent tight end Greg Olsen concluded his visit to the Bills late last week and is in Washington today, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.

Olsen, who was released by the Carolina Panthers, is expected to visit the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday and is expected to make a decision by the end of the week, according to the report.

A three-time Pro Bowler, Olsen is ranked fifth in NFL history in receptions and receiving yards by a tight end. However, he has been slowed by injuries the last three years and was limited to seven games in 2017, nine games in 2018, but played in 14 games last season.

Asked last week on Charlotte's WNFZ radio as to what his priorities are in finding a new team, Olsen said it's more than opportunity on the field.

“So many teams throughout the league present unique circumstances,” he said. “That’s what this process is. You can know the coach, you can know from playing against the team, but until you go there and meet the people that you don’t see – the trainers and strength coaches and support staff – and what’s the city like and so on. There are so many factors that go into it. … This is more than just are they going to throw me the ball.

“So much more goes into preparing in the offseason to play in the NFL. What’s the summer look like? What does the practice schedule look like? What kind of strength and conditioning program is there? What sort of resources are there for recovery? I take my training very seriously in order to play at a high level every year. You have to go there and meet with them. It’s really hard to say (what the priorities are). Part of the process right now is gathering all that information, laying it all on the table and seeing what’s important to me and check the boxes as I go.”

Here is an analysis of whether Olsen would fit with the Bills from The News' Jay Skurski:

Olsen would be a nice addition, but not a needed one, in my mind. Dawson Knox showed enough as a rookie to lead me to believe he’s got real promise. His tendency to drop passes was troubling, but I’m willing to bet that improves. If Olsen is agreeable to a short-term deal (one or two years at most), he would provide the Bills an intriguing two-tight end set with Knox.

Counting on him for more than that, though, would be a mistake. Olsen has missed 18 games over the past three seasons because of injuries, and that is not a good trend. He said he feels like he proved himself as durable when he played 14 games last season. He missed two games with a concussion. If he’s looking to be a starter somewhere, Buffalo probably isn’t the best place for him.

Olsen did express disappointment that the Bears, who very much need a starting tight end, hadn’t called. The Bills have decent depth at tight end already, so Olsen would be a luxury of sorts.

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