Greg Olsen denies he ever sought trade from Bears
What’s done is done but Greg Olsen is adamant that he never wanted to be traded from the Chicago Bears.
One of the newest members of the Carolina Panthers paints a different picture than the one Jerry Angelo did shortly after the Bears dealt Olsen to the Panthers for a third-round draft pick.
Angelo said Olsen “came at me hard last year” for a trade shortly after the team hired Mike Martz as its offensive coordinator. Olsen feared his role would dramatically change under Martz and he met with the general manager on multiple occasions.
“I'm the last one to go to the media and make big spectacles, but sometimes when things aren't right, it's hard to keep your mouth shut," Olsen told Dan Pompei. "(Angelo) put the perception out that I forced my way out of there, which wasn't true at all.
"He called me into his office before the draft last year to talk about things that were going on, what they were thinking. He straight up told me, 'I understand this offense is not a good fit for you.' I said, 'I understand that Jerry, I agree.' He said, 'But we are not going to trade you, we are keeping you.'
"I never asked for a trade. If he had said, 'We are going to try to get rid of you,' I would have said, 'That's fine.' I did not go in his office and ask for a trade. I think a little bit of that is him trying to make it look like I tried to force my way out because they took so much heat about it. It's just not true."
So, we’ve got a classic case of differing stories. No matter how Olsen paints it, he clearly wasn’t satisfied with how he was used and his ultimate goal was to receive a contract extension, which he got from the Panthers.
"Greg and I had numerous conversations prior to the 2010 season about his status with the Bears, both over the phone and in person," Angelo said Thursday. "I spoke with his agent as well. In everybody's best interests, we made a decision that benefited both parties. I stand by what I said."
Now, hopefully both parties can move forward.
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