"It was just too good of an opportunity to pass up," Olsen said Monday to Seahawks.com.
Released by the Panthers at the end of January after nine seasons in Carolina, the 34-year-old tight end had interest from the Seahawks, Buffalo Bills, and Washington Redskins. But his battles against Seattle led him to the Emerald City.
"Their track record of success, consistency of winning. I've played in this city many times, and just the fan base, the excitement, that stadium is one of the more unique venues in all of sports," Olsen said. "And obviously coach (Pete) Carroll, playing with somebody like (quarterback) 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."
Olsen was officially unveiled as the newest Seahawk on Monday and he hopes to again challenge for a championship in Seattle.
"It's huge. As I've said, they checked so many boxes," he said. "At this point in my career, what I'm looking for is things I've always valued in my career: consistency, doing things the right way, everybody being all in. This entire organization has really represented that for the last decade."