Bears trade Greg Olsen to Panthers

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Last night agent Drew Rosenhaus e-mailed the entire league to say the Chicago Bears are willing to trade tight end Greg Olsen. Today the Bears have, indeed, traded Olsen — to the Carolina Panthers.

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears traded Olsen to the Panthers for a player and a draft pick. There’s no word on who the player is or what the draft pick is, although Biggs notes that the player is not Steve Smith. (Sorry, Bears fans.)

It’s expected that the Panthers will also work out a new contract with Olsen, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract with the Bears.

For the Bears, the deal means the team is radically overhauling the tight end position: It comes on the same day they cut tight end Brandon Manumaleuna and signed tight end Matt Spaeth.

For the Panthers, the deal shows once again that they’re willing to be extremely aggressive about spending money to improve right now. And Cam Newton just got a good pass-catching tight end.

113 responses to “Bears trade Greg Olsen to Panthers

  1. Watched a couple of Bears games last year and thought Olsen was getting good in Martz offense. What gives Bear fans?

  2. I’m very disappointed as a Bears fan. They arguably traded their best receiving option, their most consistent receiving option, away. Look, he didn’t fit Mike Martz’s system, but right now, you’ve got Johnny Knox, who’s better off as a 2nd option, and Devin Hester, who’s better off as a slot or 4th WR option. Earl Bennett is more dependable than intriguing. Molding this passing attack into a respectable unit is going to be hard. The talent simply is limited.

  3. What do you do when you have the leagues worst reciever set? Trade away your tight end who is the only pass catcher on your team that belongs in the NFL!! The bears embarrassment in the playoffs last year must have been so bad that they dont even want to go back!

  4. didn’t see that one coming. At least the Panthers are trying to help out Newton as much as possible. Too bad they didn’t do much for Claussen

  5. Olsen occasionally has stone hands and doesn’t fight to stop interceptions but he was important on an offense with not enough size at the receiver position. Jerry Angelo hates bears fans.

  6. JUST DUMB. Good call Martz. Alienate the guy and then convince Jerry to be a cheap ass so they dont have to resign him. Perfect. What did the Bears get?

  7. Shockey is now free to party till he drops. I’m betting they cut him. It was a mistake from day one.

  8. The Bears have almost always had good TEs. That’s always been a hallmark of their offense.

    To clean house at that position and leave the cupboard empty flies in the face of who the Bears have been for as long as I can remember.

  9. I would like to know what player and what draft pick because I’m a bears fan and dont want to mess with the chemistry of a year ago, just tweaks here and there (except o-line, can you say overhaul). One game away from the super bowl, this is our year.DA BEARS!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. If it is a third pick or higher, I will be livid. I’m tired of the Panthers trading first day picks away for mediocre-above average players at best.

  11. Doesn’t matter. Nothing is going to save Carolina from the impending mega bust that is Cam Newton.

    It sure will be fun to watch though.

  12. stupid trade for both teams

    why get rid of your only receiver?

    why deal for another tight end?
    is carolina running the big set all year?

  13. Olsen has been fairly disapointing thus far. He can’t block, fumbles a little too often, and can’t break a tackle.

    But he was fairly sure handed and did give the Bears a viable threat at the tight end, plus he was Cutler’s best friend on the team. Not sure that I love this move. Seems like moving a guy just to move a guy.

  14. TE’s are a young QB’s best friends. Smart move by Panthers in helping develop their young QB’s.

  15. Great trade for olsen! With a young qb and a defensive-minded head coach he should put up big numbers with the panthers. I like the guy and I’m happy for him, just hope my bears got some talent in return!

  16. Olsen has no toughness at all. besides the fact that he can’t block anyone, he goes down with the slightest contact. I don’t remember him ever breaking a tackle. as mike martz said last year, ‘if your TE can’t block anybody, you might as well have another WR out there’.

  17. Olsen has done his job admirably, even improving blocking last year when challenged. I hope things work out well for him.

    That said, you can’t speak out against this trade without knowing the draft pick OR player. This could be great for the Bears, and a #1 pick is more than we used on Bears.

    My guess is its a #3 and defensive back

  18. Wow, Shockey and Olsen? Two Miami TE’s? lol Man, that’s one confident huddle w/ them and Newton.

  19. As a daily Panthers fan, I have to say that I LOVE what JR is doing this off season. We have not had a serious offensive TE since Walls – now we have 2!

    What a good compliment for our young but talented receiving corps and whoever the qb will be. And I say whoever because I believe that there will be a qb competition this off season. I think due to the salary cap for rookies – there will be no feeling that cam is wasting 70 million if he is on the bench – itll only be wasting 22 million!

    Also – I like the fact that they are resigning all of the core players from this team and they aRE the right guys too.

    GO CATS!!!!!!!!

  20. Newsflash:

    Muhsin Muhammad is the player the Bears traded for from Carolina, bringing him back to the team.

    But the Bears were just notified that Muhammad retired in 2009.

    Jerry Angelo is an idiot.

  21. What the hell Jerry Angelo??? The Bears have mad very few attempts to actually improve their team this offseason and then they pull this? I just don’t understand why you would get rid of your best receiving option when you have no suitable replacement. Maybe if they would have signed a WR like Malcolm Floyd might be understandable but now they have just lost 2 WR’s (Davis and Aromashodu) and their best TE and have not added anyone. i’m confused where the Bears are headed with all of this but if they keep making moves like this there’s no way they make the playoffs next year.

  22. Why NFL coaches think that changing the players to fit their system instead of tweaking their system to fit their players’ strengths is beyond me.

  23. Damn it, I hope Jerry Angelo rots. Won’t fire Lovie, hires Martz, and bends to a COORDINATOR’S will. You build the system around the players, not the other way around.

    I hate the entire Bears front office.

  24. rickditka says:
    Jul 28, 2011 6:37 PM
    Olsen has no toughness at all. besides the fact that he can’t block anyone, he goes down with the slightest contact. I don’t remember him ever breaking a tackle. as mike martz said last year, ‘if your TE can’t block anybody, you might as well have another WR out there’.
    Umm…they could use another WR out there. I know Martz doesn’t like throwing to TE’s but who is Cutler going to throw to.? When Johnny knox is your #1…..

  25. Laughable offseason for the Bears:
    1) Botch a 1st-round draft trade with Ravens and almost lost a draft pick because of it
    2) Cutler breaks off an engagement only months after Bears fans think he quit on them in playoffs
    3) Have done nothing significant in draft/offseason to improve the lack of offensive skillplayers
    4) Now drop 2 TEs in one day and barely give your QB (and mad scientist Martz) any options in the passing game.

    Bears off-season a D (at best) since the playoff loss to the Pack

  26. Bears got 34 million in cap room and they get rid of a red zone TE…watch this be for a 5th round draft pick some guy you never heard of…get a WR dummies!!!

  27. LMAO Mike Martz strikes again.

    Peep this Bear fans – when Mike Martz was the 49ers OC, Vernon Davis was nothing but a sixth lineman. Greg Olsen might turn out to be a Pro Bowl TE this season.

  28. Clueless Jerry strikes again. Olsen was arguably the Bears best weapon, but at least we signed a fine punter. Pathetic.

  29. Didn’t want the Panthers to draft him out of college, don’t want him now. Hands of stone. I don’t know why they described him coming out as a pass catching te, didn’t put up numbers in college.

  30. Good move Jerry Angelo will take Olson , you bear fans have fun
    With lazy bum over paid peppers

  31. Look. Greg Olsen asked for a trade. Also Greg Olsen is going to be a free agent next year. He was not going to get top money as a free agent went to Carolina for an extension. Also next year free agents would of been him,Matt Forte, and Chris Harris. He got his money that is what he wanted more than winning. This is a guy who fumbled two games away last year.

  32. Terrible decision by the bears. We need to know who or what they got in return. Steve Smith is arguably (based on age and salary) not even worth that trade.

  33. wow – the Panthers just keep signing guys and keeping key players like DeAngelo Williams, and NOT letting go of Steve Smith. I like this move. You do whatever you can do to help your young QB succeed, Olsen is a good receiving TE and better than Shockey at this point in their careers. Shockey used to be pretty effective, but he can’t stay healthy, and he can’t keep his mouth shut. Olsen will be good for this team, and all the naysayers complaining now will change their tune after they let him do what he does this season.

  34. I’d say Jimmy Clausen got another pass catching tight end. Clausen always has been and always will be a better quarterback than Humongous Growth Head Newton.

  35. nflpuppetmaster won’t like this one bit.

    Kind of surprising that the Panthers have retained both Shockey and Olsen…sounds like they’re beefing up the short game to keep Newton from being killed in the pocket. Still will be interesting to see how he misreads LB coverage at the next level.

  36. I will definitely miss yelling “BREAK A TACKLE, YOU SCANDINAVIAN SOB!!” at the t.v., and I am definitely sad to see Olsen go.

    For my sake, and for Jay, losing his BFF.

    When the Bears attack(ed) the middle of the field with their TEs (think Dallas and Seattle games last year, as two perfect examples), their offense can do some serious damage.

    But the truth is, Olsen would’ve walked as a FA next year anyway, so it was smart for the Bears to get SOMETHING for him while they could.

    And he had a few heartbreaking fumbles. Game changers. I think his fumble cost us a comeback in the Redskins game last year (I think…hazy memory).

    And Kellen Davis is no slouch — TALL, good hands, as good or better than Olsen blocking.

    Plus, way I see it, Bears made out like bandits in stealing Peppers from Carolina…this evens that score a bit, I suppose.

    And not to beat a decayed horse, but we don’t even know what pick or what player yet, so we all need to withhold judgement a bit.

    When will you Denver crybabies get over your psycho ex-girlfriend, bitter, jilted, scorned lover-like bitterness and jealousy about the Bears and Cutler?

    Face it — he’s moved on. He’s our man now. So quit calling us and hanging up, get off the couch, put down the Doritos, take a shower, shave, and move on. Get over it.

  37. Yeah but Panther fans you don’t have the best TE in the South, sorry that goes to my Bucs. its called Kellen Winslow. Jr.

  38. There are actually some (few) Panther fans thinking they are set at TE and that Olsen is excessive.

    Olsen will be the 2nd best pass option and gives the Panther its best interior target in a decade.

    I would believe with a player the pick is probally a third and player in the realm of MLB Dan Conner/SS Godfrey/DE Everette Brown/RB Mike Goodson…

    Great move by Carolina and gives them a young team with guys OC Ron Chudzinski have worked with(Shockey, Olsen) and will use.. Huge move.

  39. This is freak’n crazy. The Bears need all the decent receivers they can get. Makes no sense…..I’m sure I’ll hear more about it at work…poor Bears fans.

  40. Why don’t we know who we are getting. Is amGble wishful thinking? about the only kind I have left

  41. Can’t block, drops one out of three, always hurt, and gets called for holding a lot… you’re welcome to him, Carolina. Another washout high pick for the Bears…

  42. I will never understand why the Bears never just played Olsen at WR. He runs a sub 4.4 – 40 yard dash so he is fast enough to play WR and the Bears WR have been little to be desired.

  43. I wish they would have canned Martz and hung onto Olsen!

    It would have been too much to ask.

  44. Chicago Tribune also says it was for a 3rd round pick only. Said a player was discussed but they ultimately agreed to the draft pick only.

  45. LMAO…..WTF are the Vikings and Bears thinking? I never thought it would be this easy to be the only competition in the North. Go Lions!!! Both the Vikings and Bears just completely blew it.

  46. Hahaha, they have Beason already, they trade for Olsen…they’re reuniting the Seventh Floor Crew. They can try for Meriweather in a minute, I don’t think the Pats will re-sign him when his rookie deal is up. 😀

  47. Saying that Kellen Winslow Jr is the best TE in the mighty NFC South is 110% illogical. In order:

    1) Tony Gonzalez on the hated Dirty Birds
    2) Jimmy Graham on the rapidly rising Saints
    3) Greg Olsen on the who-will-throw-him-the-ball Panthers
    4) Kellen Winslow Jr – aka walking infirmary

  48. Don’t know what the Bears are thinking. Olson was their leading receiver and only true threat. The only reason Knox and Hester got catches was because of the attention Olson commanded.

    Now Cutler only has the other team to throw to.

  49. I’m not mad at the Bears for trading Greg Olsen. He doesn’t fit the Mike Martz offense, and likely would’ve left in FA next year. However, I’m extremely disappointed in the complete lack of activity during the deepest free agency period in NFL history. One rookie OT won’t be enough to transform the worst offensive line in the league.

  50. alright, alright…

    While I’m not excited to see Olsen leave, I have to say that I do get it…but only, and only if the Bears get after a serious WR with some size and athleticism. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of Olsen’s, although he lacked in areas that this particular offense needed him to excel at.

    In Martz’s offense, the TE needs to be a blocker first. The only reason he caught as many passes as he did last year is because the WR corps lacks. The fact is, Martz’s system is in place…

    I think most people are angry because Olsen was a pretty popular guy with fans in Chicago. If the Bears pick up a true #1 WR, you’ll miss Greg, but the Bears will actually be better. Hard to believe, I know…

    Go Bears.

  51. Okay, a third round pick. Now lets sign Malcolm Flloyd so we can trade away Knox, Hester, and Bennett for a case of Bud Light. I guess he didnt want to play for Martz, they werent going to resign him, and they obviously are going to phase out TE play so what do you do??

  52. Wow the Bears got Screwed a 3rd rounder only no player involved. Carolina got every rookie QBs Best friend to go along with Smith and The RB tandem. wow lol

  53. The Big Cat made a shrewd but unpopular business decision in 2010 and it will pay off in the years to come now that we have locked up our core players. We are not finished signing free agents to compliment the core. In the NFL’s toughest division, it is great to see the Panthers commitment to competing. Look forward to an exciting year!

  54. The Charlotte Observer is reporting that Carolina only gave up a 3rd round pick in 2012. No player was sent to Chicago for Olsen.

  55. Please add to my earlier list of Bears’ awful offseason moves:

    5) Lose another starter Danieal Manning to the Texans

    Bears will be lucky to finish 3rd in the division ahead of Minnesota. GB #1 and DET #2

  56. As a Panthers fan I’m glad we get Olsen, but I’m scared of what we gave up for the guy… I still can’t believe we traded Chris Harris to the Bears for a backup LB last year. Hope the Bears didn’t trade rape us yet again

  57. If I were a Carolina fan I would be very, very excited about my team right now. Young coach, young qb, and an owner willing to spend the money to get the players they need.

    I’m glad my Jaguars don’t have to play them twice a year because they are, without a doubt, on the rise.

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