Former Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen with Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski Dec 26, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Former Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen with Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) before the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

In two weeks, Fox color commentator Greg Olsen will call his first Super Bowl as a member of their No. 1 NFL booth alongside Kevin Burkhardt. However, with the news that Tom Brady is officially retiring (for real this time), it might end up being his one and only appearance.

Fox signed Brady to a $375 million last year to pair with Burkhardt in the booth as soon as he retires While plenty of NFL viewers and media members don’t see Brady’s appeal beyond his name, it seems like they’ll want to make that move sooner than later in spite of the fact that Olsen is emerging as one of the most interesting analysts on TV.

Olsen hasn’t been very shy about his frustrations over the situation, though he’s been making the best of it. His hope that Brady keeps playing long enough for Greg to prove that he’s irreplaceable doesn’t appear to have worked out.

While Fox has said it has no plans to include Brady in their Super Bowl LVII booth, the question of when Brady will begin that transition looms over everything Olsen does from here on out. We learned Wednesday that he has an out-clause in his contract if another No. 1 gig opens up elsewhere, which now seems like a distinct possibility. But in the meantime, speculation about Olsen’s situation and where he goes from here ran rampant in the NFL world on Wednesday.

[Awful Announcing]

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