NFL Pro Bowler Greg Olsen has a multimillion-dollar TV decision facing him.
Sources said Fox is prepared to put Olsen in the booth but would likely need to put him on the No. 2 team or perhaps No. 3 to give itself a chance of convincing him not to play.
Though Olsen would not receive close to the $3.4 million he would bank if he continued playing this season, he would get in the door, with Troy Aikman potentially doing only the Thursday night-Sunday afternoon double-duty combo for one more season. Aikman could possibly opt out of Thursdays after this year and just do Sundays.
With ESPN, the potential role is not as clearly defined, though the executive now in charge of the network’s NFL coverage, Lee Fitting, has been in favor of a football analyst who could work both pro and college.
The big job that ESPN has available is one vacated by Charles Woodson, whom ESPN let go, on “Sunday NFL Countdown.” Internally, Tedy Bruschi, whom The Big Lead first mentioned, is one candidate to replace Woodson.
Two sources who have spoken to Olsen, 33, believe he favors playing unless the TV offers come close to the money and/or there is a clear path to even more opportunities.