Chicago Bears: 3 reasons signing Greg Olsen is crucial

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2. Huge asset to Mitchell Trubisky’s development

It’s not every year you see two of the league’s top tight ends in the Super Bowl, but this year, that’s exactly what we’ve got on our hands. Now, I’ll be the first to acknowledge that Olsen is far from a young, dominant tight end like Travis Kelce or George Kittle.

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But, on the Bears, with Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback, he’s much better than anything this guy has had in his young career.

If Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy are actually going to roll out with Trubisky in 2020, Olsen is an enormous upgrade at tight end. All Trubisky needs at that spot is a sure-handed guy who can act as the ultimate security blanket — and that’s exactly what Olsen would bring to the table.

There are a lot of differences between the quarterback we saw in 2018 and 2019, but I’ll focus on one small aspect that contributed to Trubisky having a down year.

In 2018, Trey Burton was healthy and accumulated 76 targets — good for the fourth-most on the team. Burton caught 54 balls for 569 yards and six touchdowns, finishing second on the team in touchdowns.

If you know me at all, you know I’m not a huge believer in Trubisky. However, having that consistent security blanket at the tight end position certainly helped him in 2018. Burton was an above-average option at tight end, and Olsen would certainly qualify as that, if not more, when healthy.