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NFL: Bears Olsen Almost Traded?

In a Chicago Bears position analysis, the Chicago Tribune passes along an interesting nugget regarding tight end Greg Olsen. There initially was a lot of concern about Olsen when they brought in Mike Martz as the offensive coordinator. Martz likes his tight ends to block, and doesn’t feature them in his schemes. Olsen doesn’t block very well and is very good at catching the ball.

Apparently, the Bears were considered about Olsen’s role in Martz’s offense as well. According to the Tribune, the Bears thought they had a deal in place with the New England Patriots leading up to the 2010 draft. The deal would have sent the Bears a second-round pick, which is a pretty decent haul.

However, the Patriots ended up drafting Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Thus, no need for Olsen. Olsen still caught 41 passes for 401 yards and five touchdowns this season, so it’s not like he was a total misfit in the new system. You also have to throw in the fact that the Bears passing game is pretty much a joke.


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