With free agency now underway and the 2010 NFL Draft around the corner, the rumor mill is in full swing. One of the circulating topics happens to include the Chicago Bears trading their star tight end Greg Olsen.
Though mere speculation, the trade seems highly probable for several reasons, the first being the hiring of offensive coordinator Mike Martz.
Martz adopts the philosophy that tight ends are primarily blockers and not receivers. This is bad news for Olsen who does not fit such a profile. He was Jay Cutler's favorite target leading his team in receptions (60) and receiving touchdowns (eight) in 2009.
Of course, this may not mean that much in and of itself. Certainly, Martz could tweak his system a little to allow room for a talent such as Olsen's. (I'm sorry. Did I just say that a coach might change his system a little? Anyway, back to reality...)
The Bears recently acquired Brandon Manumaleuna formerly of the San Diego Chargers via free agency. This helps bolster the notion that Olsen is trade bait seeing that Manumaleuna is exactly the type of tight end Martz is looking to place into his system.
With him now on the roster, the Bears should look to improve what would otherwise be an insufficient amount of picks in this year's draft. Lacking a pick in the first two rounds, Chicago could easily snag a highly coveted second rounder for Olsen.
The Browns have a number two and are in desperate need of a receiving tight end. Trading for a proven winner at a position of great need should be a lot more appealing than rolling the dice on a draft class lacking star potential at the position. At 24, Olsen could not only become an immediate play maker, but also a contributor for many years to come.
Besides, losing Olsen would send Cutler into a temper tantrum sure to entertain. Who could resist?
But like I said, this scenario is still quite fictional. But its worth a few phone calls, isn't it?