Chicago Bears Trade Tight End Greg Olsen to the Carolina Panthers

Zack Pearson@Zack_PearsonCorrespondent IJuly 28, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 16:  Tight end Greg Olsen #82 of the Chicago Bears catches a 58-yard touchdown in the first quarter in front of Lawyer Milloy #36 of the Seattle Seahawks in the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game at Soldier Field on January 16, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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It has been reported that the Chicago Bears have traded tight end Greg Olsen to the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers will send a player plus a draft pick in the deal. We do not know the player at the moment, but it is not wide receiver Steve Smith.

Reports broke out Wednesday that the Bears were shopping the tight end. Olsen was drafted 31st overall in the 2007 draft by the Chicago Bears. Coming out of college Olsen was projected to have an impact on the Bears offense, but he never lived up to those expectations.

Last season, with new offensive coordinator Mike Martz, Olsen had 41 receptions for 404 yards and five touchdowns.

The Bears have made a major overhaul at the tight end position the past few days by trading Olsen, releasing Brandon Manumaleuna and signing former Steeler Matt Spaeth.