Greg Olsen calls out media for trade speculation
After about a month-and-a-half, Chicago Bears tight end Greg Olsen has identified the culprit in the Olsen-wants-to-be-traded caper.
It was the media.
Olsen took to his personal Twitter account on Friday to raise awareness for his cancer research benefit at the end of this month in Chicago and interact with some fans while he was at it.
“So far I have a great feeling about my role this year,” Olsen tweeted. “I have no desire to play anywhere but in Chicago. (The idea that he wanted a trade) was purely media speculation.”
The fact is, shortly after offensive coordinator Mike Martz was hired, Olsen did go in and meet with the front office, expressing concerns over his role in the new scheme. The fact is, three years into his five-year rookie contract, Olsen would like a new deal. Whether or not he asked for a trade is really a matter of semantics. What matters now, though, is that it appears unlikely the Bears will be shopping him unless they feel the need to absolutely trade up in the draft to grab a safety and believe that Olsen is the only way to move up in the draft.
But it’s a crowded house right now for the Bears at the position. Brandon Manmaleuna signed a $17 million, five-year contract on the first day of free agency. Veteran Desmond Clark received a $475,000 roster bonus on March 5. Kellen Davis, a former draft pick, is still around. It’s up to Martz to find a way to deploy the tight ends and the thinking now is that with Angelo shelling out big bucks for Manmaleuna, he’ll want the play caller to find a role for Olsen.
“I have been an every down (tight end the) last two seasons and that's not (gonna) change regardless of what people say,” Olsen wrote.
Chances are, he remains with the Bears. Stay tuned to see what his role is.
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