During the offseason, teams always add as many quality players as possible then figure the war of attrition will clarify numbers at key spots.
It's evident that the Bears have quality depth at a couple of positions, but I can't help but wonder if they can somehow pick up a draft pick for a tight end.
Early in the offseason, Greg Olsen was constantly rumored to be on the trade block. Whether the Bears or other teams initiated the discussions or not, Olsen remains a Bear, and any doubt about his fit in Mike Martz's offense have been dismissed. I don't see any scenario in which the Bears trade Olsen. He's 25 years old, and he's shined throughout this training camp. While Desmond Clark continues to make plays, in his 12th NFL season, Olsen is the tight end who has the potential to really stretch defense's.
Blocker Brandon Manumaleuna is safe because of the $6 million in guarantees the Bears gave him in free agency.
That would leave Clark, Richard Angulo and Kellen Davis as players who could be expendable. Clark is 33, but he could be appealing to a team who needs a quick fix. The Dallas Cowboys, for instance, have some serious concerns at the tight end position behind Jason Witten. Martellus Bennett, a second-round pick in 2008, has missed at least nine practices, and veteran John Phillips will miss the entire season because of a torn knee ligament.
And Davis could be appealing because he's 24, stands 6 foot 7 and caught three touchdowns last season. Angulo, meanwhile, has bounced around the league for several years and most likely would remain a Bear and fill in if someone were traded.
But the Bears probably won't be quick to make any deals. Tight end is a physical position, and they only have the luxury of one player. An injury to someone -- anyone -- could change everything.
Just some food for thought.