Here's a suitor for Olsen: Patriots

March, 3, 2010
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CHICAGO -- With Chicago Bears tight end Greg Olsen rumored to be on the trading block, we decided to try and find a solid potential suitor for Olsen's services: the New England Patriots.

Our ESPNBoston.com colleague Mike Reiss offered up some unique insight on why the Pats may be interested in Olsen.

The Patriots are likely losing tight end Benjamin Watson to free agency. Watson was a first-round choice for the Pats back in 2004, and it seems like he's looking for a fresh start. Veteran Chris Baker is more proficient as a blocker, so New England would benefit from somebody who can make an impact in the passing game. The Patriots do primarily use a three-receiver set, but the addition of someone like Olsen could open up many more opportunities.

Bill Belichick always takes a scouting trip down South every season, so it would not surprise me if Belichick has already pulled out his notes on Olsen coming out of Miami in 2007. Plus, if the Bears are looking for a second-round pick as compensation for Olsen, the Patriots have three choices this year in round No. 2.

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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