Should the Chicago Bears Add Greg Olsen for 2020?

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Going into the 2020 offseason, the Chicago Bears definitely have a lot of things to improve on. Just about all of the much-needed upgrades are on the offensive side of the ball, and with the news of one of the NFL’s best players suddenly being available, the Bears just might have a chance to strengthen one of their weaknesses.

The Carolina Panthers and tight end Greg Olsen have agreed to part ways after nine seasons together. Olsen was drafted by Chicago with the 31st overall pick in 2007. Olsen played four seasons in the Windy City before being traded to the Panthers.

The 34-year-old Olsen, who will turn 35 in March, hasn’t given up on the option of playing in the 2020 NFL season. In a tweet, Olsen thanked the Panthers organization and many others for his time in Charlotte and said “I still have the love of football in my heart and will explore all opportunities presented to me.”

With that being said, will general manager Ryan Pace see it fit to bring the three-time Pro Bowler back to Chicago? In 2019, the Bears’ tight ends barely made plays on the field, and represented a small percentage of the team’s offensive production.

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Of the six tight ends that played during the regular season, they combined for just 46 receptions for 416 yards and two touchdowns. Trey Burton, the team’s first-string tight end, was hampered by injuries all season, and there is no telling if he will bounce back in 2020. Adam Shaheen looks like a potential bust, and we still don’t completely know what the Bears have with Ben Braunecker, Jesper Horsted and J.P. Holtz.

Thanks to Bears former offensive coordinator Mike Martz, Olsen was sent to Carolina simply because he didn’t “fit” the system. As a result, Chicago missed out on one of the most productive tight ends over the last nine years.

Should the Bears make a move for Olsen this offseason? It definitely can’t make things get any worse at the tight end position going into the 2020 season.