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Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times confirms the Bears are shopping TE Greg Olsen.

Why not? Olsen only has one year left on his contract, and coordinator Mike Martz is never going to utilize him to his full potential. Jensen also confirms the Bears "really like" backup Kellen Davis. Olsen will likely want a new deal wherever he goes, which won't help the chances of finding a trade partner.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus reportedly sent a mass email to all 32 teams Wednesday night announcing the Bears were making TE Greg Olsen available for trade.

"The Bears have granted me permission to seek a trade for Greg Olsen," the email stated. "Please let me know if interested. Sounds like the Bears will be very reasonable on the compensation in return for Greg." Ten minutes later, Rosenhaus sent a follow-up email asking teams to disregard the original text. Olsen is known to be seeking an extension. Perhaps talks went south with the Bears, and Rosenhaus wants to force a showdown. GM Jerry Angelo shopped Olsen as recently as the 2010 draft.

Why wait until next year.....

White, Jones & Olsen three the hard way!!!!!

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Updated: July 28, 2011, 2:43 AM ETBears looking to trade TE Greg Olsen?

By Michael Wright


Archive It's interesting the Chicago Bears made more noise from an NFL agent's email than an actual transaction through the early stages of free agency.

The Chicago Tribune reported early Thursday morning that Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for Chicago tight end Greg Olsen, sent a mass email to the NFL's general managers and personnel executives to announce the Bears were making his client available for a trade. Strangely, though, the original email was rescinded minutes later by Rosenhaus, who didn't immediately return phone calls or emails seeking comment.

The email -- which also reached Bears general manager Jerry Angelo and contract negotiator Cliff Stein -- reportedly explained that the Bears had given Rosenhaus permission to seek a trade for Olsen, adding that the club would "be very reasonable on the compensation in return for Greg."

Minutes later, Rosenhaus reportedly sent another mass email asking the recipients of the original message to disregard.

It's unknown what transpired to create miscommunication between the sides, but two sources say the club is indeed looking to move the tight end. Olsen had been rumored in the past to be on the trading block, in part because of the perception the tight end didn't fit into the pass-happy system employed by Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz.

Olsen seemed to dispel the notion by tying for the team lead in touchdown receptions with five.

Entering the final year of his rookie contract, Olsen -- a former first round pick in 2007 -- hasn't made public demands recently for a contract extension. In fact, Angelo and Bears coach Lovie Smith had expressed a desire to increase Olsen's involvement in the offense moving forward.

Olsen averaged 23.8 yards per catch in the 2010 playoffs, and since 2009, he ranks sixth in receiving touchdowns by a tight end (18). He's second among tight ends in franchise history with 20 career scoring grabs.

Michael C. Wright covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

Edited by Mid-Nite-Toker
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I'm not a big fan of Madden trades, but if anyone rates Jenkins highly it should be Chicago :ph34r:

Not sure the FO would see it as simply as that, but Jenkins and a 4th may get it done?

We have some comp picks heading our way, something not to be forgotten.

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Make the trade!!! Trade Jenkins + late round pick (6-7) next year or Jenkins + a 4th rd pick in 2013 for Olsen. We might even be able to trade straight up with the Bears, since they are in need of a receiver. We then would be able to run two TE sets like the PATS and also still use either Gonzo or Olsen in the slot.

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