Yesterday the Bears traded stellar TE Greg Olson to the Carolina Panthers for a 3rd round draft pick (see Tribune article). Sources say that it was Mike Martz who finally got his wish in regards to this move which I feel was completely "ludicrous". What makes this deal even worse is the fact that a 3rd round draft pick comes nowhere near the value comparable to what Olson will potentially contribute in NC. Not only was Olson a potential All-Pro TE, but he was a close friend and go-to guy for QB Jay Cutler.
So what does this mean for the Bears offense? It means an offense that will use the TE position primarily as a blocker, and rely more on the wide-outs to make plays. Last year I pointed out how in just about every Bears victory, Olson played a major role and usually had a TD reception as well. Olson was also the kind of TE that would create considerable match-up problems for the opposing teams defense. Linebackers showed a great deal of difficulty in covering Olson due to the fact that he was much faster than most LBs, and ran good routes. Olson was also very good at getting separation, and getting into the seams of the defense.
I hope I'm wrong, but this could be 2011's version of the egg that Martz laid last year with his campaign for a veteran QB (in opposed to retaining Dan LeFevour and/or designating Calab Hanie as the #2 man) which resulted in the Todd Collins fiasco.
So what do you think Bear Fans?????