The rumor mills are heating up and Chicago Bears tight end Greg Olsen is rumored to want out of town. With Mike Martz being hired as the new OC in Chicago and his lack of use of the tight end, Olsen is looking to take his play-making ability elsewhere. Despite it not really showing up in the Musket Fire poll, TE is a major need for the Patriots. Ben Watson is likely going elsewhere through free agency, which leaves only Chris Baker, Robbie Agnone (huh?), and Rob Myers (who?) on the roster. Hardly a crew you would feel comfortable heading into Week One with. Would a Greg Olsen trade make sense?
Actually, this is one of the few trade scenarios that seems plausible. The word is that the Bears are looking for a second-round pick, and the Pats have three. If they planned on drafting a TE, even one early, why pick someone that you don’t know for sure will play at a high level in the NFL? Olsen has shown play-making ability despite playing with lackluster quarterbacks. The Patriots will also likely be without Wes Welker to start the season and will be lacking a reliable target in the middle of the field, and Olsen would fill that role well. His blocking ability isn’t the greatest, but that’s what Chris Baker is for. Neither Daniel Graham nor Ben Watson have worked out to be great pass-catching tight ends, and the Pats haven’t had one since Ben Coates.
The Patriots would also be able to vary the predictable offense more, bringing back tight end screens with a player that could turn them into a big play. He could also take some pressure off of Randy Moss and any other receiver the Pats could sign or draft (check back tomorrow for the WR free agency preview). I think this trade would make complete sense and with the Bears and Patriots being familiar trade partners, I can definitely see this happening. It will be interesting to see what unfolds here over the next few weeks.