The Chicago Bears sent fifth-year Tight End Greg Olsen (@gregolsen82) to the Carolina Panthers on Thursday in exchange for the Panthers’ thrid-round pick in the 2012 draft.
The Bears gave Olsen’s agent Drew Rosenhaus permission to shop him earlier in the week, and it’s believed that the Panthers and Bears struck a deal quickly afterward.
Olsen, 26, caught 41 passes for 404 yards and five touchdowns last season. He saught a bigger role in the offense — led by coordinator Mike Martz — and it became evident that he would not reach his full potential playing in Martz’s system in Chicago.
The Panthers and Olsen agreed to a four-year, $24 million deal with roughly $10.5 million in guarantees.
“It was not something that I expected,” Olsen told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Then things transpired really fast. But, in the end, I think I’m going to a good place.”
Olsen, a former Miami Hurricane, will be reunited with Panthers Offensive Coordinator Rob Chudzinski, who was one of Olsen’s collegiate coaches.
“To get back with Coach Chud, and what he’s done in the past, with tight ends, is going to be huge for my development,” Olsen told the Sun-Times, “and I’m looking forward to it.”