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Bears shopping tight end Greg Olsen

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Talk about awkward.

Two days before training camp officially opens, tight end Greg Olsen is believed to already be in Bourbonnais. But he's at the center of a unique drama.

His agent Drew Rosenhaus sent out an email at 7:56 p.m. Wednesday, informing NFL general managers and personnel executives that his client was available via trade.

"The Bears have granted me permission to seek a trade for Greg Olsen," Rosenhaus wrote. "Please let me know if interested.

"Sounds like the Bears will be very reasonable on the compensation in return for Greg."

But at 8:07, Rosenhaus wrote, "Please disregard my previous email regarding Greg Olsen."

The emails were first reported by the Tribune early Thursday morning but was also obtained by the Sun-Times.

Know this: the Bears are indeed shopping Olsen.

There were rumors last offseason that the Bears had a trade in place with the New England Patriots.

But this time, there's no masking the Bears' intention.

The 31st pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, Olsen has 194 catches for 1,981 yards with 20 touchdowns.

Olsen, though, is set to make $900,000 this season, and he'll be a free agent next offseason. Known more for his pass-catching, Olsen was lauded by offensive coordinator Mike Martz but not counted on as a major part of the offense, with his catches, yards and touchdowns dropping from 2009. Historically, Martz hasn't made the tight end a big part of his scheme.

In addition, the Bears are high on Kellen Davis. And while they value Olsen, they may prefer to get a draft pick or another player now instead of risking losing him next offseason without getting anything in return.

Stay tuned as this drama unfolds.

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Greg Olsen would be a better fit in a west coast scheme, Olsen does have soft hands. We know Olsen has never been an elite blocker, but he has improved since his rookie season at blocking. To me, the let down with Olsen has been the fact he has never really been able to stretch the field, that is a major reason Olsen will never be among the elite at tight end. If Kellen Davis is ready to take the next step and start, maybe getting a draft pick or another player for Olsen isn't a bad idea? It will be interesting to see how it all unfolds.

I see the Bears have brought in a few free agent rookie tight ends. The one I like, and the one who seems to be the best fit in Martz's scheme at tight end is Virginia Tech's Andre Smith. The 6-5 269lb tight end is a physical specimen, and most importantly, an imposing blocker, maybe one of the better blocking tight ends from this years draft class. Smith was a 3 year starter at V Tech, and with his ability to block, might be a nice fit in Martz's scheme. A really good blocking tight end is one thing the Bears have lacked, maybe free agent rookie Andre Smith can be that player? Should be interesting GO BEARS!!

Is this a joke? This is one of those times that I'm waiting for the punchline. Right now it seems like half the players in the league are unrestricted free agents. I don't see any way they don't wind up with the short end in a trade for Olsen.

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