Rosenhaus says he has permission to seek trade for Greg Olsen

The agent for Chicago Bears tight end Greg Olsen sent a mass email to NFL teams Wednesday night announcing he had received permission to seek a trade.

Then, Drew Rosenhaus emailed the same massive list, which included general managers, personnel executives and coaches, and asked them to disregard the previous email.

The Chicago Tribune obtained copies of both emails sent by Rosenhaus, who has represented Olsen since he was a first-round draft pick by the Bears in 2007.

“The Bears have granted me permission to seek a trade for Greg Olsen,” Rosenhaus wrote in the first email, sent at 8:56 p.m. EDT. “Please let me know if interested. Sounds like the Bears will be very reasonable on the compensation in return for Greg.”

Eleven minutes later, Rosenhaus sent another mass email to the same list.

“Please disregard my previous email regarding Greg Olsen,” Rosenhaus wrote.

What gives? Apparently, Rosenhaus had permission to shop Olsen or believed he had permission to shop Olsen.

The Bears nearly traded Olsen before the 2010 draft and had a deal in place to ship him to the New England Patriots for a second-round pick, according to a Bears source. The Patriots, instead, chose Rob Gronkowski with the 42nd overall pick.

Now, the Bears will open training camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Boubonnais, Ill., on Friday and questions once again will surround Olsen and his fit in the Mike Martz offense. Olsen is entering the final year of his contract.

Olsen criticized stories with anonymous sources regarding his trade rumors last year. Now, his agent has involved him in more than rumors.

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