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Last Updated: March 8, 2021

Seattle Seahawks Release Wide Receiver Josh Gordon and Tight End Greg Olsen

Introduction

On Thursday, March 4th, 2021 the Seattle Seahawks decided to officially release both the troubled yet talented wide receiver Josh Gordon as well as the battle tested veteran tight end Greg Olsen. Although many other NFL franchises are making these type of difficult decisions as they are trying to trim the fat and clear cap space in order to optimize their team roster, these were easy decisions for the Seattle Seahawks. Gordon has joined another professional football league while Olsen has already announced his retirement from playing football in the National Football League on Sunday, January 24th, 2021.

Josh Gordon

Gordon has previously requested that the Seattle Seahawks release him as even though his contract was expiring it was still legally binding. Josh has ultimately decided to join the startup Fan Controlled Football League. He will be the next member of the FCF Zappers where he will once again reunite with his former quarterback while with the Cleveland Browns, Johnny Manziel. Both Manziel and Gordon have had multiple struggles with substance abuse in the past which has inevitably either suspended or ended their careers in the National Football League. It will be interesting to find out how they do in this new startup league.

Greg Olsen

This 35-year-old grizzled veteran tight end has finally made the appropriate decision to retire from playing football professionally in the National Football League. Olsen began his NFL career when the Chicago Bears selected him with the 31st overall pick in the first round of the 2007 draft. He played tight end for the Chicago Bears from 2007 to 2010 before being traded to the Carolina Panthers.

Greg was an offensive force for the Carolina Panthers from 2011 to 2019. After the Carolina Panthers released him in February of 2020, he signed a one – year $7 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks where he finished his NFL career last year during the 2020 – 2021 NFL season. Throughout his illustrious NFL playing career Olsen has recorded 742 receptions, 8,683 receiving yards, and 60 touchdowns. Now that he is moving on from playing pro football, he will not be very far away from game action as he will be joining Fox Sports as a full time broadcaster for this major national network.

Gordon’s Career Achievements, Honors, and Awards

  • Super Bowl Champion (LIII)
  • NFL Pro Bowl Selection (2013)
  • NFL First – Team All – Pro (2013)
  • NFL Receiving Yards Leader (2013)

Olsen’s Career Achievements, Honors, and Awards

  • 3 Time NFL Pro Bowl Selection (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • 2 Time NFL Second – Team All – Pro (2015, 2016)
  • Brian Piccolo Award (2007)
  • PFWA All – Rookie Team (2007)
  • PFF 2010's All – Decade Team (2nd.)

Odds to Win Super Bowl LVI

According to Intertops sportsbook these are the odds to win Super Bowl LVI as of Friday, March 5th, 2021.

Team                                                   Odds
Kansas City Chiefs                               +450
Green Bay Packers                              +850
Tampa Bay Buccaneers                        +850
Buffalo Bills                                         +1100
Los Angeles Rams                              +1200
San Francisco 49ers                            +1400
Baltimore Ravens                                 +1600
New Orleans Saints                             +2000
Indianapolis Colts                                 +2000
Cleveland Browns                                +2000
Seattle Seahawks                                 +2000
Miami Dolphins                                     +2500
Los Angeles Chargers                           +2800
Dallas Cowboys                                    +2800
Tennessee Titans                                  +2800
Pittsburgh Steelers                                +3300
Arizona Cardinals                                  +3300
New England Patriots                            +4000
Minnesota Vikings                             +5000
Atlanta Falcons                                   +5000
Carolina Panthers                               +5000
Denver Broncos                                  +5000
Chicago Bears                                     +6600
New York Giants                                +6600
Las Vegas Raiders                              +6600
Washington Football Team                +6600
Philadelphia Eagles                            +8000
New York Jets                                     +8000
Jacksonville Jaguars                           +10000
Cincinnati Bengals                             +10000
Houston Texans                                  +15000
Detroit Lions                                      +15000

 

Sources:

“Seattle Seahawks release Josh Gordon, Greg Olsen”, Brady Henderson, espn.com, March 4, 2021.

“United States, NFL Futures, NFL 2021 / 22 Super Bowl LVI: To Win Outright”, intertops.eu, March 5, 2021.

“Josh Gordon”, pro-football-reference.com, March 5, 2021.

“Greg Olsen”, pro-football-reference.com, March 5, 2021.


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