Update: 3:43 p.m: At his final daily briefing, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said he hadn't heard about Olsen's signing with the Saints.
Original post: While Washington Redskins players packed their belongings and prepared to head to their offseason homes, a member of their practice squad was headed to the playoffs.
The New Orleans Saints on Monday signed guard/center Eric Olsen, who had spent the entire season on Washington’s practice squad, to their 53-man roster to help shore up the interior of their line.
The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Olsen gathered his belongings, wished his teammates well and rushed to the airport, where he caught a flight to join the Saints, who host the Detroit Lions on Saturday night.
“I’m sad because I really like the guys around here, and this is like football heaven, and Coach Shanahan is bigger than a legend,” said the former Notre Dame standout, who last season appeared in one game for the Denver Broncos. “But I’ve got to take this.”
Olsen goes from the 5-11 Redskins, who finished last in the NFC East to the 13-3 Saints, who won the NFC South.
Olsen had a workout with the Saints last April, but did not sign with the team.