Greg Olsen has now retired from the NFL. But on his way out the proverbial door, he said he had “buyer’s remorse” in signing with the Seahawks in 2021.. But I am not quite sure who bought who in the transaction that brought Olsen to Seattle last offseason. Seattle signed Olsen to a $7 million contract and Olsen gave the Seahawks 24 catches for 239 yards and 1 touchdown. He played in 11 games.
Olsen had no real impact on the 2020 season and Seattle wasted all those dollars that went to pay him to play for Seattle this season. $7 million is a lot of money and could have spent on an edge rusher (instead of having to trade for Carlos Dunlap in midseason), or a good third receiver, or a good interior offensive lineman instead of relying on Mike Iupati once again. Or two of the three instead of Olsen.
Greg Olsen and his time with the Seahawks
Olsen made his comments on the Colin Cowherd show, The Herd, after Cowherd had mentioned sending texts last offseason to Olsen to see if he would be interested in signing with Seattle. Olsen said
"I look back on those texts. I put a lot of stock in what you thought. But I’m glad I went to Seattle. It’s a good experience. I was happy for Buffalo. I had a lot of friends there. But I’d be lying to you if I said I wasn’t having a little bit of buyer’s remorse, you know?"
Olsen mostly plays it safe on the question until the last comment. Saying you stole money from the Seahawks for the 2020 season and then saying you had buyer’s remorse is wrong and likely not going to sit well with 12s.
It could be that Greg Olsen was simply making the rounds of interviews after announcing his retirement last week and getting prepared to take on his next role as Fox Sports NFL in-game analyst. Olsen will probably be good at it. But if he continues to make comments like the ones he did to Colin Cowherd will make him popular and disliked. Maybe that’s what he wants?