Chicago Bears: The top 5 worst trades in franchise history

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Chicago Bears, Greg Olsen
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The Chicago Bears trade tight end Greg Olsen for a third-round pick

Today, tight end Greg Olsen has been in the headlines more than ever before. His son, T.J., was recently the recipient of a heart transplant which ultimately saved his life. Bears fans all over the world have followed this story closely, because they know just how incredible a man Olsen is and still have a spot in their hearts for the former Bears tight end.

Back in the 2007 draft, the Bears selected Olsen 31st overall out of the University of Miami. Olsen was best-known for being a speedster at the position who acted more like a receiver in a tight end’s body. This guy was going to be real good.

After four years in Chicago, though, former Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz didn’t see use for a tight end within his offense. So, Chicago traded Olsen to the Carolina Panthers for a third-round pick. The funny part of that entire ordeal was that Olsen was arguably the Bears’ best pass-catcher on their roster, regardless of position.

Of course, the story goes on to see Olsen enjoy nine seasons with the Panthers, becoming the favorite target of quarterback Cam Newton during his prime years. Olsen made three Pro Bowls and very well could be in the discussion for a Hall of Fame induction when his time comes.