Olsen unhappy with hiring of Martz, wants a trade

New Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz has signaled that he doesn’t think tight end Greg Olsen is a good fit in his offense, noting that he believes a tight end’s responsibility is to block while the Bears have been sending out signals that they want to sign tight end Brandon Manumaleuna.

It turns out the feeling is mutual.

Peggy Kusinski of NBC Chicago reports that friends of Olsen say he was not happy about the hiring of Martz, and that he quietly sent his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, into “trade
request” mode. According to Kusinski, the Arizona
Cardinals and New England Patriots may be interested.

Olsen led the Bears in catches (60) and touchdowns (eight) in 2009.

94 responses to “Olsen unhappy with hiring of Martz, wants a trade

  1. How long have you had this story written? PFT has wanted to “OFFICALLY” say this since Martz was hired… Stir the Pot… Stir the Pot….

  2. Olsen is as good as gone. Which is ashame because after this year the entire Bears coaching staff, including Martz will be fired.
    I bet the Bears are somehow behind this. They will throw Olsen under the bus so that they have the sympathy to trade him. This will make up for the hole left by trading their #2 for the late Gaines Adams.

  3. And while you are at it. Why not get rid of Forte or Hester? Olsen is one of the few saving graces on that awful bears team.

  4. Don’t the Pats already have two good TE’s in Ben Watson and Chris – the former Jet? (couldnt remember his last name)

  5. Why would Olsen be of interest to the New England Patriots who regard tight-ends primarily as blockers?

  6. Martz is a turd. After the Bears miss the playoffs again, Lovie and Martz will be fired. Olsen should just stick it out one year and look forward to playing for Bill Cowher in 2011.

  7. Good. Not that the Bears have already shot their season in the foot, and the Lions are several years away from competing, it’s just down to the Packers and Vikings for the NFC North this year. Come on Brett, and pull some of that ole’ #4 “magic” and waffle your way through another team-distracting and demoralizing offseason.
    You are special, Brett. You deserve to keep a team hanging. You played kinda sorta hurt. The team owes you more than $14 million. You are above the team. Chilly will pick you up from the airport whether you arrive there in May or October. That pick against the Saints was totally Sydney Rice’s fault.

  8. what a wasted first round pick. Good luck getting your desired compensation Chicago. My guess is 3rd rounder at best.

  9. This just keeps getting better and better. Now they take away the guy who was first in receptions and first in TDs on the team, and Jay Cutler’s drinking buddy. Good thing Cutler doesn’t need him to look like an idiot. He can do that all by himself.

  10. When the hell will Martz learn that the Tight End’s role has changed since he was young?
    Change your system, don’t expect the game to change back to what you were used to in the 80’s. Moron.

  11. The Bears should package him with a pick to the Arizona Cardinals for Anquan Boldin who they’ve had interest in the past. Boldin would give us a legit #1 reciever to go with our young corp. You’d have Boldin Knox Hester Aromashadu Bennett and Iglesius. And at TE we’d be fine with Clark K Davis and Manumaluena. We could turn our focus to adding a #2 RB and draft some O Lineman.

  12. Makes sense for the Bears to deal Olsen given the depth of this draft and the lack of picks. That said, the Bengals have a handful of extra picks coming and are in need. Seems like a perfect fit.

  13. The writing was on the wall when Martz was hired. Olsen is a huge offensive weapon when used. Bears should get an equally huge trade.

  14. Awesome!
    C’mon Bears fan, spin this one.
    Between the soap opera that is Jay Cutler and the gaggle of ex-head coaches the Bears have on staff (along with the egos), next season should be interesting to watch. And by “interesting”, I mean “a train wreck”.

  15. Give Chicago a #2. If he can’t block his value diminshes but he would be a great receiving threat for Brady.
    Keep an eye on this.

  16. wow, just when u think things started to look up for the bears one of their best offensive weapons wants to leave
    the bears would be dumb to let him go

  17. The hiring of Martz was a dumb move IMO. That’s right… ship your one valuable guy catching the ball out of town. That’ll show ’em how smart you really are! Looks like the Lions might actually have a chance to not finish in the basement of their division.

  18. Not surprising. Cutler will probably be saying the same thing after he gets 4 or 5 concussions from Martz’s “system”.

  19. Built-in excuse for Cutler for another disappointing season. Probably makes him happier than actually being a good qb.
    But when Clausen makes the NFL he’ll still only be the third douchiest (Rivers is the most).

  20. milehiclown,
    is that why your Broncos hired McDaniel who was part of the Patriots coaching staff????
    Another new dope posting stupidity!!

  21. A good coaching staff adjusts the “system” to fit its players, and a good head coach directs his offensive coordinator to follow that premise. Apparently, that ain’t the case in Chicago.

  22. Mr. Olsen! Paging Mr. Olsen, you have a phone call at the front desk from a Mike Brown!

  23. Watson is a UFA. And PS the Pats do use the TE in the passing game.. they just havent had a consistant one since ben coates. Watson has been up and down his whole career.

  24. Bears are dumber then I thought if they do this. Ted Phillips needs to slap Jerry Angelo in the back of the head and be like, you aren’t trading one of our best receivers and 1st round draft pick from a few years ago for what is basically a 1 year experiment. This is why they should have got rid of Lovie Smith this year. They are in desperation mode in Chicago and know they need to make the playoffs or Smith is gone and possibly Angelo. Hope they don’t put everything into this year and then leave us screwed down the road. If the Bears fail to make playoffs (which is very possible) then Martz and Smith are both gone and they will be wishing Olsen was still on the roster.

  25. @Gautam
    Actually Boldin for Olsen would be pretty good deal for both sides.
    I don’t think the Cardinals are going to get a 1st round pick for Boldin anymore and I think that even they realize this now. Olsen was a 1st round pick just a couple of years ago and just came off a pretty productive season considering his situation. He is likely to be able to improve on that next season, especially if he were in Arizona and no longer the #1 option.
    For the Bears, this would give them a much better #1 WR than anything they have on the roster and Boldin abilities after the catch would be a good fit in Martz’s offense.

  26. Olsen has never really played as a TE. The Bears have split him out wide in the past.
    He is 6’5 and ran a 4.5 so why not just make him a WR?
    Quarterbacks can be converted to WR every year but non blocking, pass catching TE cant?
    Its not like the Bears depth chart is full of pro bowl WR in front of him.
    Bad move if they trade this guy. Cutler will be that much more likely to rebel against what appears to be by all accounts a coaching staff on the way out

  27. No problem. Cutler is such a great franchise QB that he can lose no matter who is on his team.

  28. Only guy Cutller could find last year… makes sense.
    Martz’ offense leaves QB unprotected… Cutler’s got a long year and steep learning curve ahead of him.
    And another built in excuse.
    Great potential though.

  29. Can’t believe anyone would want to get rid of G-Reg for his rapping skills alone.
    @lebowski — does Green Bay really need another front line tight end with Finley on the roster. I thought he was really impressive last year (obviously, he was injured for a time)?

  30. Martz is already causing dissention in the locker room. Story of his life everywhere he goes.

  31. Moves that maybe make sense: Olsen to the Browns (desperate for playmakers); Bengals (Olsen can be a semi-legit downfield threat to take some pressure of 85); Olsen to Chiefs (Olsen/Chambers/Bowe would be a nice upgrade for Cassel). Pats won’t happen – they simply don’t throw to the TE, which is why all the speculation that they need an upgrade over Watson is nonsense. Maybe the Cards if they’re looking to tweak the offense now that Leinart is under center – but if it’s the same playbook as under Warner, they don’t toss to the TE either. Olsen + a pick for Peppers would be interesting but I don’t think the Bears have the ammo.

  32. I always thought the Eagles should have taken him instead of trading down and taking Kolb – now, we can have both! Get on it, fat Andy.

  33. ampats:
    Have you seen Olsen run “routes” and try to catch the ball? I know he had 60 catches last year, but he had a bunch of drops too. And a lot of being in a completely different area than where Cutler threw the ball (they can’t all be Culter’s fault). Don’t wish that overrated blown first round draft pick from “THE U” on your team.
    IsawFloriokissingBrettFavre:
    Martz’s offense is based on the Air Coryell offense, currently run by Norv Turner, and Dan Henning (Miami). The Pats also run a version of it. (Those are just a few current examples) You might want to check your football history before saying Martz’s philosophy is stuck in the past…

  34. Actually, the only move that probably makes sense (not that that will influence the Chicago front office braintrust) is Olsen to some team for a legit receiver. But I don’t see any clubs with a match in that sense. Other teams that could use him: Ravens (would be a solid fit); Rams; Bills; Jags.

  35. Olsen sucked at blocking. he was basically a slow WR out there. If we can get a good REAL wr for him, why not? Our backup TE’s are good anways. Some of you Bear’s fans are morons if you can’t see this

  36. this makes to much sense so it won’t happen. I feel sorry for olsen though. first he plays in turner’s offense,hey you caught a pass already today so we can’t throw to you again. now he has to play for martz who does not believe you need a tight end or believe you need to throw to one.olsen would have dallas clark#s if the bears used him like colts use him. the reason the bears sucked and will still suck is the coach’s refusal to make any changes in their system. lovie won’t allow any on defense and they get pounded every week,turner would not change his offense until the last 2 games to allow cutler to do what he does best and the offense was awful and now martz has a tight end who can catch and won’t use him.

  37. Martz is a clown that thinks he’s smarter than he really is. Olsen is overrated. The bears have absolutely NO hope. Going after Peppers means nothing when the bears offense cant do a damn thing. 6-10 here we come. If only the bears could play the lions 16 times a season they may end up with 9 wins.

  38. lebowski says:
    March 3, 2010 10:04 AM
    Olsen for Kampman.
    =========================
    What would the Pack want with Olsen?
    They have Finley.
    Besides, Kampman is an FA, they can just sign him. i doubt the Pack is going to tender him.

  39. Ben Watson is a free agent this year and is very unlikely he will come back. In away it was kind of sad that he was a 1st round pick and the guy is remembered for chasing Champ Bailey across the field in the playoffs against Denver a few years back. Plus he drops way to many passes. I think the Pats should take a look at Olsen, could be a good fit IF Brady threw to his TE’s didnt really happen last year and they needed receiver help

  40. Love_Boat_Scandal says:
    March 3, 2010 10:09 AM
    Good. Not that the Bears have already shot their season in the foot, and the Lions are several years away from competing, it’s just down to the Packers and Vikings for the NFC North this year. Come on Brett, and pull some of that ole’ #4 “magic” and waffle your way through another team-distracting and demoralizing offseason.
    You are special, Brett. You deserve to keep a team hanging. You played kinda sorta hurt. The team owes you more than $14 million. You are above the team. Chilly will pick you up from the airport whether you arrive there in May or October. That pick against the Saints was totally Sydney Rice’s fault.
    ===============================
    Yep, it sure was distracting all right. He distracted us all the way to the NFCC game.
    Are you really that stupid? Don’t answer. The question was rhetorical.
    For a fanbase that is ” so over” Favre, they sure worry and commnet alot about him.
    You can gloat about the pick all you want, but seriously you turds rant on anything and everything Favre.
    My advice is to seek therapy and meds for your obvious mental health issues.
    It’s just a football game. Nobody dies, life goes on.
    If you are that tied up in all of this and your well being depends on the Pack winning, I feel sorry for you.
    Maybe you should start talking to girls, I’m guessing you’ve never seen a woman naked outside the internet and magizines.
    Get a life dude, seriously. you are venturing into Jimmy and Bob territory. That’s not 2 guys you want to be lumped in with…or do you?
    Your posts are turning into self parody.

  41. The one good offensive players that the Bears drafted and did well for them and now this.
    I am just sick of this team being in the headlines.
    I can only hope a huge surprise of success comes out of Halas Hall this year. Otherwise this seems to be shaping up for a total meltdown…

  42. This Would be a great boost for Brady, We Need A Guy Like Olsen For Match ups, I Hope This Trade Goes Down, We Really Need A Great Tight end & I Dont Think But I Know Brady Will Make Him Better, But What Will We Give Up For Him
    Maybe Adulius Thomas & A 4th round pick from next year, They Do Need Another Line backer Briggs Urlacher & Thomas, Cant Forget Hillinmyer Whatever His Name Is
    But We Should Make This Trade With out Giving Up Any Draft Picks This Year

  43. Pats only use TEs as blockers, and Olsen is only a soft, pass catcher. He should have his agent market him as a WR, he’d see a better market.

  44. I watched every game , every play. As poor as we looked at times, and as poor aswe played, we were ahandful of plays away from a winning season. Olsen will never be a complete te. He will however deliver trade value. This is going to be an interesting week.

  45. DCViking and Chickenfoot; Finley is a good young stud at TE, but McCarthy likes to use two tight ends quite a bit, and Donald Lee dropped more passes than he caught last year. The Bears have expressed interest in Kampman, he’ll probably be gone anyway, I think the Pack may be able to tender him, then do a ‘sign and trade’ to get something of value for him, but I’m probably wrong. All that free agent crap confuses me.

  46. Sounds great to me, I would be happy to drive Goldilocks to the airport. There is no place for soft TE unwilling/unable to block anyone in a Martz O.

  47. We Use Tight Ends For Catching Too, Watson Wasnt Just Out There To Block Nor Chris Baker, We Just Didnt Have A Tight End Who Was Productive Enough

  48. All this Bears speculation about Olsen is really sad. Are we gonna trade away a guy who was a first round pick and our best pass catcher cause he doensn’t fit Mike Martz’s system. Him and Lovie are lame ducks who will be gone next year. I’d love for us to somehow get Marshall but its not gonna happen. He will command a 1st 3rd and 6th at least if thats what Roy Crybaby Williams got. Martz needs to wake up and adjust his system to what we have. Cutler loves to throw to the TE. He loves play action and bootlegs. Dropping him straight back in 7 step drops with 3 and 4 WR’s who aren’t better than Olsen is gonna lead to more picks and its gonna get Cutler killed. Hopefully Bill Cowher will still come here after this trainwreck is over in 2011.

  49. “ampats:
    Have you seen Olsen run “routes” and try to catch the ball? I know he had 60 catches last year, but he had a bunch of drops too. And a lot of being in a completely different area than where Cutler threw the ball (they can’t all be Culter’s fault). Don’t wish that overrated blown first round draft pick from “THE U” on your team. ”
    Just because you post a bunch of times, doesn’t indicated that you make any sense.
    Olsen was picked at the end of the first round, and was a very good value at that spot, especially since the Bears were in need at that position. You probably saw a couple of highlights, looked up his stats, and made your decision on his value based on that, and the posts of some of the morons whose knowledge of football is gleaned off some fantasy site.
    He’s not a superstar, but he’s definitely one of the better receiving tight ends. If he had the opportunity to play in a system where there was threat of a really good running attack with a good QB, he’s put up very good numbers consistently. Look at Gates. What I saw of him last year specifically, he’s an oaf, who gets his catches and TDs, because with SD, you’ve got to respect the run, and the pass, and not just to him. Olsen was the only guy on that team that was a threat as a receiver, so he was consistently doubled. The Bears blow, and I’m a fan unfortunately, and if I were Olsen, I’d be jumping on the chance to get out.

  50. Wow I can’t believe anyone thinks Olsen is worth second rounder let alone a first. He is not that good, plus he drops alot of balls. My skins have two tightends that can block, don’t drop balls, and put up better numbers then olsen ever has in Cooley and Davis. It would be hard to get a 2nd rounder for either of them.
    Tight ends just arent worth that much which is why first round tight ends are typically seen as waste of picks.

  51. Here you go geniuses. Bears trade Olsen to Pats for one of their three 2nd rounders, and in turn sign Ben Watson. That would be a steal, and fill a hole at “blocking” TE for Martz.

  52. Bears fans can count on the talented Mr. Ruskell to get them some real value for Olsen. Urp….I just threw up a little…

  53. Howie Handles:
    I hate to burst your bubble, but I’m a huge FB fan who pays attention to every team, not just my own. I don’t play fantasy and don’t look at sites about it. I watch every game I can every week, and I saw many Bears games last year. I expected big things from Olsen having Cutler as his QB. It was from first-hand viewing that I say he was not in the place Cutler expected him to be many times, and he also dropped quite a few passes that he should have caught. I think Earl Bennett has a chance to be a good receiver and Johnny Knox too. I think part of the reason Olsen was a primary receiver was problems with the O-line. Cutler didn’t have a lot of time to get balls downfield. They definitely need to find a left tackle (Pace was not the answer for sure).

  54. Olsen for Adalius Thomas would work out nicely IMO.
    Re Videotaping/Cheating Remarks: Three Rings.

  55. great. we have some actual talent, and they don’t want to play for us….now all we have is forte and briggs.

  56. This is a big loss for the Bears and only the first fallout from the hiring of Mike Martz.

  57. Hey morons…..Greg Olsen can’t block…..Martz’s system needs TEs who can block…..Take off the blinders, Olsen is no longer a fit in Chicago, and he’s too good a talent for limited action. Do the math, you have to trade him and get a high pick.

  58. jimmySee says:
    March 3, 2010 2:16 PM
    This is a big loss for the Bears and only the first fallout from the hiring of Mike Martz.
    ==============================
    As a “Packer stockholder” your input means nothing.
    By making that statement, you render anything you say on here null and void.
    That you use it as a point of pride is the sad thing.

  59. The guy that said Norv Turner and Mike Martz run similar schemes. If that is true the Chargers have no problem finding Gates sufficiently.

  60. I agree with Olsen for Adalius Thomas. Watson’s probably leaving the Patriots this year anyway and Chris Baker is agood mix of blocking and receiving so having a receiver like Olsen would be awesome

  61. Come on Detroit, Go get Olsen. Dual tight end system would help protect the Qb and would help avoid double and triple teaming of CJ.

  62. Olsen is one of the most underrated tight ends in the league. He deserves to go to a team that runs a west coast offense, or something of the similar, to enhance his pass catching skills and utilize his ability in the red zone. Wave goodbye to the windy city, Greg.

  63. “great. we have some actual talent, and they don’t want to play for us….now all we have is forte and briggs”
    Oh, I wasn’t aware that Urlacher no longer plays for y’all. Guess I’ve been sleeping under a rock

  64. for all you Olson lovers out there,Look up his YAC
    (yards after contact),I will save you the time, 1.9 yac.Bye,bye greg olson
    he is the worst starting tight End in the nfc north!

  65. come on Man! everybody says this and that about the kid and yet we’ve seen what? exactly don’t let the door knob hit you home boy its all hype seems to me, who is he Mike Ditka at the TE position? he has done nothing and i mean nothing since his freaking 1st day at the bears complex! although i will say this! the kid is freakish with speed and maybe just maybe if he got the rock a lil more he could break out either way its all about kicking ass and taking names when you do get that chance so how bout this trade him for a number one! what nobody willing to take him for a number one? wait a min i thought he was all that and a bag of chips, well anyway trade him for a number one (giggles) then give the broncos the number one in exchange for B marsh! dayum yall now whats up HUH? you feel me with that one?

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