Bears and Pats Talked About a Trade Involving TE Olsen

In a move that would have taken away one of the Bears big targets on offense, the Sun-Times reports that there was talk about the Bears moving TE Greg Olsen to the Pats:

League sources say Bears GM Jerry Angelo was approached by his friend Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots coach, during the NFL owners meetings in March about what the team wanted in return for tight end Greg Olsen. The Patriots had three second-round picks, and Angelo asked for the first of them — No.44 overall — for Olsen, a former No. 1 pick. There wasn’t any haggling about the price, but the Bears figured that wouldn’t happen until draft day. They were half-expecting a call from Belichick and ready to make a deal, while not outright shopping the player since Brandon Manumaleuna was already aboard and Desmond Clark had been given a $475,000 bonus to retain his services. Belichick never called on draft day, instead trading up two slots to No. 42 overall where he took Arizona product Rob Gronkowski.

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