As soon as the Chicago Bears made the announcement that Mike Martz was set to become the teams offensive coordinator, a flurry of rumors began circulating that Greg Olsen was done in Chicago. The conventional thinking was that Mike Martz’s offense has little use for a receiving tight end in because the scheme needs to ensure that the quarterback has enough time to take his five-step drop.
Well, Olsen was never traded and Martz made an attempt to get him involved in the teams offense during 2010 but he was by no means a consistent contributer.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Bears did make an attempt to trade Olsen before the draft to the New England Patriots but a deal was never reached and the Patriots wound up drafting two tight ends during the draft.
Greg Olsen has shown that he can be a big-play receiver for the Bears but the team still uses him sparingly. Briggs mentions that Martz will have to find a way to get him more involved in the teams offense and added that he doesn’t see the Bears trading him during the offseason.
Once again, the idea is to not trade a player while his value is low because then you end up looking like the Raiders did when they traded Randy Moss to New England for a fourth-round pick only to have Moss go on to set the NFL record for most touchdown catches in a single season.