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Bears sign Matt Spaeth, put Greg Olsen on block

Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:17 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Everyone knows that Mike Martz' offense doesn't really benefit tight ends all that much, but there's still some pretty surprising news coming out of Chicago on Thursday that involves the shifting of bodies on the depth chart.

First, there's the news that the Bears are shopping Olsen to anyone that might be interested. And they don't even want that much! At least that's according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus, who penned an note to all the other NFL teams on Wednesday night.

"The Bears have granted me permission to seek a trade for Greg Olsen," Rosenhaus wrote in an email obtained by the Chicago Tribune. "Please let me know if interested.

"Sounds like the Bears will be very reasonable on the compensation in return for Greg."

However, Rosenhaus backtracked about 15 minutes later, writing, "Please disregard my previous email regarding Greg Olsen."

That's a nice sentiment and all, but as Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote, "Know this: the Bears are indeed shopping Olsen."

Want more proof? The Bears signed Steelers tight end Matt Spaeth on Thursday too, per Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network. Spaeth is a much better blocker and a bigger benefit to the Bears in the running game than Olsen, even if he's not even close to the receiving weapon that Olsen presents.

So where to for Olsen? Well, how about the Panthers who just so happen to employ Rod Chudzinksi as an offensive coordinator, who just so happens to have worked with Olsen in college at Miami and who just so happens to have had some success with tight ends in the past. (You may have heard of Antonio Gates.)

Jensen noted, in fact, that an NFC exec believes the Panthers would be "a good fit" but also reports that the Bears "will not just give Greg Olsen away to the highest bidder."

There's also the matter of Olsen not sounding too thrilled at the prospect -- NBC Chicago's Peggy Kusinski cites a "source close to" Olsen who says the tight end is "not happy at all [with the] trade talk" because he "wants to play his entire career in Chicago."

Unfortunately for Olsen, that may not be an option the way things are unfolding.

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Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 11:25 pm
 

Bears sign Matt Spaeth, put Greg Olsen on block

as a life time chicagoan and bears fan im sad to announce ill be rootin for the panthers this season and ever other season until ted phillips, jerry angelo, and lovie+coaching staff is gone. go ron rivera and olsen i hope to see tommie harris reunited with ronnie riv. il miss uz olsen, maynard hope u win it b4 lovie+co.




Since: Dec 12, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 5:40 pm
 

Bears sign Matt Spaeth, put Greg Olsen on block

Go Bears Go---- Sign a nobody TE instead of getting some o-line help!  Olsen could be (should be) a potent weapon, if Martz was th guru everyone says he is why can't he fit a TE into his scheme?  He (Olsen) has talent, a REAL coordinator would make good use of it.  Martz had agood run in St. Louis but since then he has been an utter flop.Yell  The FLIPPIN Lions have done more to help their team so far and we all know what their recent history has been!!



Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: July 28, 2011 5:15 pm
 

Bears sign Matt Spaeth, put Greg Olsen on block

Olsen would look real good in a Steeler uniform.  Bears did the steelers a favor, Spaeth didn't impress me during his time in Pittsburgh.



Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:34 pm
 

Bears sign Matt Spaeth, put Greg Olsen on block

Good riddance to Spaeth. He hasn't gotten the job done in Pittsburgh and was never worth the roster spot he occupied. He got beaten regularly when blocking and had hands of stone when going out for passes. When he was the #1 TE last year (during Heath Miller's injury) the offense stagnated as defenses knew they didn't have to worry about the third receiving option and could dedicate more resources to the WRs. He didn't get into knucklehead trouble often but neither did he get it done on the football field. Hey, if Chicago wants him maybe Pittsburgh can make a play for Olsen; we'd welcome him in the Burgh.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:08 pm
 

Bears sign Matt Spaeth, put Greg Olsen on block

Dolphins could use a TE like Olsen and I bet he wouldnt mind coming back to his old college stomping grounds at the U.



Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:52 pm
 

Bears sign Matt Spaeth, put Greg Olsen on block

6-10? You think Olsen is a +2 or +3 win player?



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:25 pm
 

Bears sign Matt Spaeth, put Greg Olsen on block

If the Packers didn't have the TE s that we have, I'd take him no problem!!!!!!Moves like this prove why the BEARS will not compete this year for anything but the cellar of the Super Bowl Champions!!!!!!!!!!Without this guy, they are 6-10 at best. Was the only guy we had to worry about over the Middle!!



Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 2:44 pm
 

Bears sign Matt Spaeth, put Greg Olsen on block

Olsen is also very close with Jay Cutler.  So the Bears lose a recieving threat and tick off their franchise QB.  Nice work Bears braintrust.


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