As the Bears pull into the post-Olsen era in Chicago, there are several questions that come to mind.
During his tenure in Chicago, G-Reg led the team in receptions (194) and receiving touchdowns (20) and was second in receiving yardage (1981). He was quarterback Jay Cutler's favorite target and a much-needed relief valve for the carousel of quarterbacks the Bears saw during Olsen's time in the Windy City.
So who replaces that production? Who provides that relief valve for Cutler when things get hot?
Olsen was traded because offensive coordinator Mike Martz doesn't value tight ends as receivers in his scheme. So it's unlikely that another tight end will replace Olsen in terms of production, but still within the realm of possibility.
Someone from the wide receivers or running backs corps seem like the most likely option, though it is possible that a tight end could step up. Olsen did receive 62 targets last season in a system that doesn't value tight ends, so it's not as if Martz absolutely refuses to use his tight ends.
So who steps up? Will it be someone already on the roster? Or will the Bears bring in another free agent that will replace Greg Olsen's production in the offense?
Today we'll take a look at options both on the team and still available in free agency who could replace that production.