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Greg Olsen: It’s Always Hard To Lose A Guy You Counted On

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Panthers tight end, Greg Olsen, joins Mac and Jim to discuss his busy offseason, the deaprture of Steve Smith, his health, the number 88 and Panthers GM Dave Gettleman.

On Steve Smith: As much as we all understand the business, I don’t think anybody’s numb to the idea of losing a franchise player or a guy that has meant so much to franchise. He’s a close friend of mine, we’re neighbors. There’s still a human element to this game. There’s still relationships. There’s still emotion involved. You never want to lose a guy like that. On top of that, you don’t want to lose one of your best players. That’s always a tough thing, when you lose a guy, who you’ve counted on for a long time.

On Dave Gettleman: I’ve had a pretty good relationship for Dave since he’s got here. For the most part, at a business level. He’s around, he’s a good guy, he’s approachable. He seems like a guy that is receptive for players to come talk to him. He’s a straight shooter. He calls it how he sees it. I think he’s done a good job for us, overall, with what he did last year. Sometimes there’s a big picture, but when it’s someone like Steve, such a notable, respected player it’s hard for everybody to accept and I’m sure he understand that.

On his future: Right now, my intent is to play for a long time. Physically, I’ve been pretty lucky and been able to stay relatively healthy. I still feel like I have a lot of years left to play. As of now, my intent is hopefully to play here in Carolina, hopefully more years than I have on my current contract. I still think I have a good 5-6 years left.

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