Greg Olsen Hopes To Hear From Bears

Greg Olsen has drawn tons of interest on the open market, but there’s one call that he’s still waiting for. In an interview with ESPN 1000 (Twitter link), Olsen said that he would like to hear from the Bears.

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

Olsen started his career in Chicago as the No. 31 overall pick in the 2007 draft and played four seasons for the Bears. The University of Miami product started paying dividends immediately and went on to average roughly 49 catches, 495 yards, and five touchdowns across four seasons with the club. Then, in the summer of 2011, the Bears shipped him to the Panthers for a third-round pick.

A reunion would make sense, and not just for nostalgia reasons. Last year, Bears tight ends Trey Burton, Adam Shaheen, and Ben Braunecker all finished the season on injured reserve. Olsen would make lots of sense for Chicago, but, so far, they’ve yet to show interest.

Meanwhile, plenty of other clubs would love to have Olsen. Since his release from the Panthers, Olsen has booked visits with the Seahawks, Bills, and Redskins. Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network says Olsen will take his time with his decision and is not expected to sign quickly (video link).

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    • windycitykid89

      Yeah there is. He’s aging and injury prone. It’s not 2008 anymore. I’d rather the Bears go after Eric Ebron

      • AstrosWS20

        He’d likely be a fairly cheap option. Certainly cheaper than Ebron. Double down, sign Olsen and draft a kid. We need to infuse some talent into that position.

        • justinept

          How cheap is too cheap for a 35 year old tight end who has averaged 12 games played over the past 3 years? You already have Burton who can’t stay healthy, and even if you cut Burton, you’re saving less than the vet minimum. Bears can’t be wasting any money this year. They’re up against the cap with few early picks and also need help at G, WR, CB, and edge rusher.

          • AstrosWS20

            True and that’s where we’re in a tough spot. The way I figure it though is if we can solidify the pass catching TE position then we don’t need to add at WR. Well as long as Miller is good by the start of the season. Plus, today you can easily have two TEs on the field at once.
            It’s a good question about how much he’d cost. I do think much and if he’s voicing his desire to be a Bear again then maybe he’d be willing to take less to play for us again.

  1. DarkSide830

    no disrespect to Chicago in specific, but why evac Carolina if the teams you are interested are the ones he seems to want to sign with?

  2. anthonyd4412

    Makes no sense. Olsen was solid in his prime but we don’t need a banged up TE well past his prime. Let’s look at Austin Hooper.

    • srsjsn

      Because Hooper isn’t going to be cheap and Burton is still signed and not going to cut him to much dead money if they do. Not saying sign Olsen either but OL and edge rusher are more of a priority with their limited cap space.

  3. Hannibal8us

    Bears should absolutely sign him if he wants to take the veteran minimum. Instantly would be the best TE on the team (not saying much). Would allow the bears to focus more money on the real pressing issues namely offensive line where they need at least two starting linemen which won’t be cheap.

  4. crosseyedlemon

    So Olsen is coming back to Chicago to prove he could have been as great as Ditka? I can’t wait to see that…lol.

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