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Time for some more Greg Olsen trade rumors

Greg Olsen isn’t one of the best 15 tight ends in football, but he makes good copy.

Now that the cycle of “Hey, Mike Martz really does love tight ends” summer fluff is over, we can now return to the usual Olsen fare: trade rumors.

Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times — who calls Martz’s love of Olsen “tireless propaganda” — has a league source that says there is “still talk” that Olsen is available in a trade.

The only problem is that the Bears apparently would still want a second- or third-round pick for him, which is hard to imagine happening at this time.  The Patriots may have been interested back in April, but they have two rookies they like now.

We’d guess that Olsen stays put in Chicago, but doesn’t wind up as a big part of the offense.  Mike Martz is going to use Brandon Manumaleuna for his blocking skills, and he’s not going to use two tight end sets.

That all probably means we will write more about Olsen trade rumors during the season.

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32 Responses to “Time for some more Greg Olsen trade rumors”
  1. stiller43 says: Sep 1, 2010 12:48 PM

    That all probably means we will write more about Olsen trade rumors during the season.
    Thank god the trade deadline is week 6.

  2. BostonISaChraphole says: Sep 1, 2010 12:51 PM

    Thanks for letting us know in advance what rumors you will be making up during the season.

  3. DeluxeReverb says: Sep 1, 2010 12:53 PM

    They’ll move him all over the place, TE, H-back, slot reciever, split out wide. He’ll catch 45 balls.

  4. JohnnyFootballHero says: Sep 1, 2010 12:55 PM

    Had him as a carryover keeper in my dynasty league last year and he burned me. I keep hearing of his magical skills in practice but have yet to see them translate on the field.
    The Chiefs should consider picking him up if they can get him cheap.

  5. forthelove says: Sep 1, 2010 12:56 PM

    “Greg Olsen isn’t one of the best 15 tight ends in football, but he makes good copy.”
    Um what??? Coffee? Nice joke Gregggg.

  6. Rhapsody says: Sep 1, 2010 12:56 PM

    One of the best trade prospects is Olsen for TJ WhoseYourMomma in Seattle. Cutler needs an experienced WR, and the Hawks would like TJ to take his mouth elsewhere. Housh was brought to Seattle by former GM Tim Ruskell, who now works for the Bears. Make it happen!

  7. Mattchew182 says: Sep 1, 2010 1:00 PM

    The only way trading Olsen would make sense is if it netted us Logan Mankins. Other than that why trade your best pass catcher for a future pick the GM won’t be around to use. Manumaleuna is going to be an H Back since the Bears just cut their only FB from training camp.

  8. NTMID8R3 says: Sep 1, 2010 1:00 PM

    To Arizona, for Leinart and a pick

  9. Ilovefoolsball says: Sep 1, 2010 1:04 PM

    DAMN! I wish I would’ve known about this before I drafted him in my fantasy league!

  10. BenRapistberger says: Sep 1, 2010 1:05 PM

    He can use Greg Olsen as a third WR instead of lining him up as a TE. Granted, he’s not ideal for that system, but he’s a hell of a lot more talented than the other no-names WRs on that roster.

  11. downwithdansnyder says: Sep 1, 2010 1:16 PM

    when is the last time PFT broke a story and didn’t have to cite some other source for it in the text? Seriously. It’s great that you give credit where credit is due, but it’s just become a site where all the rumors are put together in one place. It sure doesn’t feel like there is anywhere near the original content there used to be.

  12. Abe Froeman says: Sep 1, 2010 1:20 PM

    The Dolphins do have the big, tough blocking TEs w/good hands that Parcells loves, but Olsen is a big guy as well, and I don’t think they would be averse to another offensive threat.
    The Broncos drafted Quinn in 2nd round in the ’09 draft, and he is a good block that might yet work out, but they are desperate for someone who can stretch the defense in the middle of the field, and keep opposing safeties from gearing on the wideouts.
    The Cardinals are starting Ben Patrick (decent enough), [but] they should be interested.
    The Giants like Boss, and they did draft Beckum, but depending on how they view Olsen’s blocking right now, they could be interested.
    The Jaguars have stuck with Lewis who has come around a bit lately, but he can be improved on – they should be interested. Plus, it’s not like Sims-Walker and M. Thomas are so great. Acquiring offense weapons would be beneficial.

  13. Popeye says: Sep 1, 2010 1:22 PM

    olsen to giants makes a ton of sense

  14. twinkletoes says: Sep 1, 2010 1:23 PM

    A third rounder for Greg Olsen would be a really, really good deal for a club in need. Let’s see which team is the first to stop being a cheapo about this and pull the trigger.
    I love that Mike Martz is going to try to shove square peg Jay Cutler into his beloved one-size-fits-all greatest show on turf offense. Except that he’s not calling the shots in a dome, on turf. He’s gonna try this mad scientist experiment at Soldier Field, in the Windy City. This should end badly.
    I’m sure if the Bears trade Olsen, it will help Cutler, you know, by taking away his favorite target and safety valve.
    Carolina could really use his services. Steve Smith can’t do it alone forever, and Matt Moore and company sure could use some help over the middle.

  15. ChicagoJo says: Sep 1, 2010 1:24 PM

    You’re right, Martz isn’t going to use the double Tight End set. Instead he’s listing Tight Ends and Fullbacks interchangeably at “H-Back”, as released with Desmond Clark at the top of the depth chart.
    I went to Bears training camp and saw them line up the H Back, typically Clark or Kellen Davis in the backfield. They then moved to pick up pass rushers or tun block. More often than not a TE was also lined up at the line of scrimmage.
    Say what you want about it, looks to me like a good chunk of the playbook has these two positions on the field at once, with either or both blocking and eligible receivers. Criticize the scheme all you want, just don’t pretend like it doesn’t exist.

  16. 2buku4u says: Sep 1, 2010 1:27 PM

    I’d like to see him down in Miami…again

  17. dabarber says: Sep 1, 2010 1:32 PM

    Why? Because he isn’t on one of your wormy little Fairy Tale Football lists?
    There is a lot more to being a successful TE in the NFL than catching passes.
    ___________________________________
    Greg Olsen isn’t one of the best 15 tight ends in football, but he makes good copy.

  18. Grimace421 says: Sep 1, 2010 1:35 PM

    Olsen is a decent receiver but gets tackled far to easy for his size… He’s a 6’5″ 255lb TE that only averages 3.9 YAC for his career…
    …I really like the guy but wouldn’t mind seeing a couple draft picks for him either…
    And honestly, with Frank Omiyale at RT, I have NO problems with Manumaleuna helping plug the sieve that is our O-Line…

  19. Sow Crates says: Sep 1, 2010 1:37 PM

    “We’d guess that Olsen stays put in Chicago, but doesn’t wind up as a big part of the offense. Mike Martz is going to use Brandon Manumaleuna for his blocking skills, and he’s not going to use two tight end sets.”
    Wrong. Well, let me rephrase that. Hopefully wrong, because it doesn’t make sense. Desmond Clark will be worked onto the field, he’s a diverse enough player and I’m positive he’ll see the field. Mike Tice is our O-line coach and whether or not the running game succeeds is (hopefully) more in his hands than in Martz’s, and that will require more than the 5 offensive linemen to block effectively. Putting Manumaleuna on the field instead of Clark, Olsen or Kellen Davis would provide defenses the comfort of mind to blitz Chicago with a linebacker normally reserved for underneath TE coverage.
    In the red zone, you’ll see Greg Olsen on the field, maybe as a wideout, maybe as a TE. The best thing Martz can do for this offense is to increase red zone efficiency. It’s one thing for offensive drives to be killed in your own territory by bad blocking and route running that’s insufficient to overcome that bad blocking. Play calling is no substitute for good blocking. It’s another to have a drive killed or only produce 3 points when the line’s blocking well and the offense is in rhythm. Norv Turner did a terrible job wrapping up drives, and failed to keep his QB in mental check, leading to turnovers and tossed games. Forte had one of the highest amounts of carries inside the 5 yard line in the NFL last year, but of course he didn’t have the highest amount of touchdowns! The Bears can’t run when they get that close, they must pass. Martz must provide in those situations, and the tight ends are the best way to accomplish that.

  20. dabarber says: Sep 1, 2010 1:38 PM

    Are you jealous he spells Greg with only one “g” ???
    Hmmmm….

  21. CookieFlash says: Sep 1, 2010 1:40 PM

    What a waste aof a good TE. The should cut ties with Olsen so he can be a productive football player somewhere.

  22. Saintsarebest says: Sep 1, 2010 1:44 PM

    Maybe They could trade with the Saints, we need another person to bring our super bowl champions water!
    We DAT!

  23. Tcostant says: Sep 1, 2010 1:54 PM

    Oh why would I draft this guy as a fantasy TE, I’m an idoit!

  24. Other Bears says: Sep 1, 2010 2:03 PM

    So they want to trade him for a draft pick? It’s nice to know the Bears are already looking to next season. Then again, so am I.

  25. panteraphenomenon says: Sep 1, 2010 2:03 PM

    The panthers should trade for him.

  26. Iceberg34 says: Sep 1, 2010 3:10 PM

    Shows how incompetent and deluded Bears’ brass is. This team has arguably the worst O Line in the league, doesn’t invest a draft pick in it, hires an Offensive Co-ordinator that couldn’t find a way to use Vernon Davis and then doesn’t try to move their one marketable commodity for a mid round pick. This is just sheer lunacy.
    The Bears are not winning 7 games this year. With Detroit improved they are looking at 6 max and they could embarass themselves and end up with 2 or 3.
    When Olsen is gone next season there will be no explanation for the Bears refusal to trade him for a 3rd or 4th round pick that could have been used on a young offensive lineman. The Bears Oline is probably going to be the absolute worst in the league this year and will take several years to rebuild.
    WTG Angelo, you are a complete incompetent. Chicago fans like me are in for a long season. I just hope we can hire Cowher in January.

  27. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Sep 1, 2010 3:27 PM

    Rhapsody says:
    September 1, 2010 12:56 PM
    One of the best trade prospects is Olsen for TJ WhoseYourMomma in Seattle. Cutler needs an experienced WR, and the Hawks would like TJ to take his mouth elsewhere. Housh was brought to Seattle by former GM Tim Ruskell, who now works for the Bears. Make it happen!
    _________________
    Oh great. I can see it now.
    *Deep in the PFT Lair*
    Greggg Rosenthal: Hey, I heard a rumor that Olsen might get traded to Seattle for TJ Hoosh.
    Mike Florio: Oh yeah? Where’d you hear that from?
    GggR: It was posted as a hypothetical in the comments section on the site.
    MF: ……. Run with it.
    Next day: Headline: RUMORS SWIRL REGARDING TE OLSEN AND SEAHAWKS

  28. Jabberwocky says: Sep 1, 2010 6:33 PM

    Let’s see here…Olsen is

  29. Jabberwocky says: Sep 1, 2010 6:39 PM

    Olsen was…
    10th in receptions
    11th in yards
    15th in yards per game
    4th in TDs with 8
    10th in 20+ yard receptions
    10th in rceptions that resulted in 1st downs
    0 fumbles
    2 drops in over 100+ targets
    Gregg you’re a moron and a Bears hater. Suck on those stats you jackass!

  30. Rex Grossman says: Sep 2, 2010 4:03 PM

    jabberwocky…those rankings are for tight ends. which = middle of the pack/average tight end. jackass moron.

  31. Jabberwocky says: Sep 3, 2010 11:54 AM

    @Rex Grossman-
    “Greg Olsen isn’t one of the best 15 tight ends in football, but he makes good copy.”
    It’s obvious you didn’t read Gregg’s first line you idiot. His stats for a TE reflect that he’s better than top-15, probably top-12 based on those numbers. Your line makes zero sense, and that doesn’t surprise me because of your username.

  32. DaBears says: Sep 12, 2010 3:24 PM

    Haha loudmouth…you called Rex an idiot!!! Your name definitely fits your comments…rediculous nonsense!
    You quoted stats from Khaled Elsayed from Pro Football Focus…hahahahahahahaha!!!!
    I wonder if you actually ever watched a Bears game, or understand football? If you actually watched a single Bears game you would know how stupid it is to say he only dropped 2 passes in 100 + targets. Game 1 against GB he dropped more than 2, game 2 against Pittsburgh I remember 3 drops as he was getting rocked as soon as the ball hit his hands…tight ends own Pittsburgh ususally. Thats not counting the passes any good te would have caught, just the ones that hit his hands!!! I dont want to go on game by game, but if you actually watched any game you would have seen 2 drops by Greg most overrated tight end in history Olsen!!! The only reason why he didnt have any fumbles last year is because he never held on to the ball long enough when hit to consider it having posession!
    He’s a cancer to the Bears right now…nice fumble/turnover in the redzone today!!!
    If he didnt drop 2 or 3 a game, and actually moved forward or ever broke a tackle when a 165 lb safety hit him, he would be the best in the NFL, unfortunately we dont live on Fantasy Island… 2 drops in 100 + targets hahahahaha too funny!!!

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