The debate shouldn't be centered on whether the Bears should or shouldn't trade Greg Olsen. The bigger question now that it appears that bruising tight end Brandon Manumaleuna is coming to Chicago is whether general manager Jerry Angelo can get a player of equal or greater value in return.
General managers never want to be in a position where they are trading a player for the sake of trading him just like they don't want to keep a player for the sake of keeping him.
Offensive coordinator Mike Martz's schemes don't emphasize a pass-catching tight end. His playbook requires a lot of five-and seven-step drops, which is why he wants a tight end like the 6-foot-2, 295-pound Manumaleuna instead of a player like Olsen, who was quarterback Jay Cutler's primary receiver last season. As Martz has said, if a tight end can't block then why have him in the game?
Some have talked about Olsen's ability to create mismatches against linebackers in the passing game. That's all good and fine. But wouldn't Devin Aromashodu, Johnny Knox, Earl Bennett or Devin Hester create bigger mismatches, in which case, what's the advantage of keeping Olsen on the roster?
Imagine how devastating if the Bears kept Olsen only for him to miss a critical block that knocks Cutler out for the season in Week 3.
Even if the Bears sign defensive end Julius Peppers and running back Chester Taylor, who are also visiting Halas Hall today, they have lots of needs in the defensive secondary and along the offensive line. If they can get a player that can contribute as much as Olsen would, a player who fits the scheme and plays a position that will be emphasized instead of one that will be de-emphasized, there's no reason why Angelo shouldn't send Olsen packing.