In return for tight end Greg Olsen (signed four years, $24 million), the Bears have acquired a 2012 third rounder from the Panthers, according to the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs via Twitter:
Bears trade Greg Olsen to Panthers for 3rd rd pick. No other player involved. Teams talked players and it turned into 82 for the pick.
At one moment, ESPN’s John Clayton was hearing whispers that the Bears were going to receive linebacker Dan Connor from Carolina.
I think the trade is a win for the Bears. Nowadays, a third round pick is a hot commodity.
Consider, former Bear QB Kyle Orton is being shopped for a third – and he’s playing the most important position in football. Olsen garners the same asking price for a solid quarterback; good move by the Bears.
As for the Bears linebacker situation, the chances of Nick Roach staying in Chicago are encouraging, according to ESPN Chicago.
In conclusion, expect the team to remain active over the next 24 hours. Stay tuned, a decision on Olin Kreutz is approaching.
Cross off another tackle: OL Tyson Clabo of the Atlanta Falcons, another Bears target, has re-signed with the Dirty Birds, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.