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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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Comments

Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 2:00 pm
 

Matt Spaeth is terrible

Matt Spaeth is a horrible football player.  He can't catch, block, run, or keep his dick in his pants when cops are around.

If any team expects him to be anything more than a 5th tight end, that team is run by incompetent management.



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:55 pm
 

Bears sign Matt Spaeth, put Greg Olsen on block




Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:54 pm
 

Bears sign Matt Spaeth, put Greg Olsen on block

Again, I don't get this. Do the Bears have a receiver over 6ft tall now? Anyone remember if they drafted a receiver this year? Teams that need a TE and have a QB (Houston, St Louis, ?Detroit) should be all over this guy.



Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Bears sign Matt Spaeth, put Greg Olsen on block

I know they just signed a TE and that Martz doesn't really use them, but the Bears better hope they don't get a new coaching staff anytime soon or else they'll regret letting a top TE walk away. PLUS, what other big, even average to big, receiver do they have?? better get on that.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:34 pm
 

Bears sign Matt Spaeth, put Greg Olsen on block

Any team in need of a tight end that doesn't pick him up is stupid. He has proven in Chicago that he can catch and also block. I think he is in the top 10 in his position if not better.



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:33 pm
 

Bears sign Matt Spaeth, put Greg Olsen on block

WTF? That was da Bears only real receiving threat.



Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:30 pm
 

Bears sign Matt Spaeth, put Greg Olsen on block

Hate to lose this guy....hard worker with no attitude problem!  What a game he had in the NFC Divisional Championship game against the Seachickens.  Thanks for all the hard work Mr. Olsen....you will be missed.



Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:28 pm
 

Bears sign Matt Spaeth, put Greg Olsen on block

Thanks for all your hard work Mr. Olsen...you will be missed.


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