Greg Olsen hoped the Bears would call when he became a free agent

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Tight end Greg Olsen‘s long run with the Panthers officially came to an end when he was released on Monday, but Carolina was not the only team he’s played for during his NFL career.

Olsen was selected in the first round of the 2007 draft by the Bears and he called Chicago home until he was traded to the Panthers ahead of the 2011 season. During an appearance on ESPN 1000 in Chicago on Tuesday, Olsen said he was hoping to hear from the team now that he’s on the open market but that no call has come in yet.

“I’ll be honest, in my heart, I was hoping they would have been one of the first calls,” Olsen said. “To my knowledge, we have not heard from them. Whether or not they do or not is hard to say.”

Olsen has lined up meetings with Washington, Buffalo and Seattle. The Bears had Trey Burton and Adam Shaheen at the top of the tight end depth chart in 2019, but they only played eight games each due to injuries and the Bears got 46 combined catches from all of their tight ends.

16 responses to “Greg Olsen hoped the Bears would call when he became a free agent

  1. There is no way Ryan Pace and the Chicago Bears would ever reach out to Greg Olson. Pace fancies himself as the smartest guy in the NFL. Olson is a proven commodity, that and a former Bear, someone else drafted him, and he played well. What is in it for Pace? Nothing, that is now how is process works. Look at the guys Pace brings in Ben Brauniker, Adam Shaheen, Eddie Pinero, he would rather fail, that admit someone else saw something he did not. That is the one thing Pace is great at, failing at assessing talent. He also will never do anything where there is a human interest component also. That give Greg Olson two strikes.

  2. Greg …as a TRUE Bears fan, I love your passion for their storied franchise.

    But I also encourage you to be at at TOTAL peace with it if they don’t call you because you don’t EVER want to play for Ryan Pace or Matt Nagys: The 2 BIGGEST POSERS IN NFL HISTORY.

    You have no idea how LUCKY you are they haven’t called.

  3. I hope the Bears offer me a lot of money … I mean I hope they call. Cause you know it’s never about money.

  4. superfanentertainment says:
    February 5, 2020 at 8:49 am
    Greg …as a TRUE Bears fan, I love your passion for their storied franchise.

    But I also encourage you to be at at TOTAL peace with it if they don’t call you because you don’t EVER want to play for Ryan Pace or Matt Nagys: The 2 BIGGEST POSERS IN NFL HISTORY.

    You have no idea how LUCKY you are they haven’t called.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I have two words for you:

    1. Emery
    2. Trestman

  5. Eric Ebron would be a better fit for the Bears than Olsen. The Bears are going to need a couple O Linemen and and another WR. Trubisky is not the problem in Chicago. If they can pick up a decent TE in FA and fix their broken offense they will be above .500 and in the mix again.

  6. I’m beginning to feel that Olsen is believing he is that elite TE with lots left in the tank…… that actually is a good thing. He may have enough to give a team A needed shot in the TE arm. The Calls from those teams that last worked with him confirms it, as well. The Bears didn’t call and I suspect lots of teams won’t, unless he gets passed Washington. That would show he might be available for lesser money. That’s the same reason the Seahawks are third. They are not going to give him top dollar. In fact, they are really acting as leverage in the Washington negotiations.

  7. When you think about it, Trubisky isn’t a real downfield threat and throws a lot of short yardage crap to TEs and RBs when he isn’t throwing a WR screen or slant for the zillionth time. While the Bears may not be a 13 win team, and Olson may be washed up, he’d probably get a lot of touches.

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