Tony Scheffler trade could steer Bears away from trading Greg Olsen

Since Mike Martz was hired as offensive coordinator, I’ve stated on a couple of occasions my desire to trade Greg Olsen. But after seeing what the Broncos got in return for a tight end of similar talent – Tony Scheffler – I’m questioning whether the Bears should make that move now.

A week after the Steelers dealt former Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes to the J-E-T-S for a fourth rounder, Monday’s three-team trade between the Broncos, Lions and Eagles sent Scheffler to the Lions for what amounted to a fifth round draft pick in return from the Eagles.

Take a look at a comparison of the two TEs average stats (based on the last 3 years) and tell me if there’s a team that would be willing to part with a second rounder for G-reg’s production compared to Scheffler’s:

Average Stats – 2007-2009

  Scheffler Olsen
Catches 40 51
Yards 537 526
TDs 3 5

If the Bears can’t get better than a third rounder for Olsen, I don’t think it’s worth it. Lovie needs an elite, impact-making safety and he won’t find one in the third round. Jerry’s not the type of GM to stretch to fill a need in the draft (see DT Jarron Gilbert with the team’s first pick last year). So if we stay put with our first pick in the third round, I think they’ll go with the best player available…not necessarily the position of greatest need.

And besides, if Martz is as creative as he’d like you to believe, he’ll be able to conjure up some mismatches for the talented Mr. Olsen in his wide-open offensive scheme.

Of course, if they’re serious about acquiring an elite safety, they could always trade Lance Briggs

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