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Olsen, Manu Out: Bears Overhaul at Tight End

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Olsen, Manu Out: Bears Overhaul at Tight End

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DETROIT - DECEMBER 05: Brandon Manumaleuna #86 of the Chicago Bears celebrates a fourth quarter touchdown with teammate Greg Olsen #82 during the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 5, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The Bears defeated the Lions 24-20. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Greg Olsen;Brandon Manumaleuna

Ready to be confused and try to figure out what exactly is going on in the war room at Halas Hall? Take a look at how the Bears have handled the tight end position.

It started Wednesday night, when Greg Olsen's agent sent out an email to all of the teams in the NFL, letting it be know that Olsen was on the trading block. Eleven minutes later, he sent another email asking recipients to disregard the first email.

But the news was already out, and as the morning wore on, it appeared that Olsen was going to be wearing a different uniform this season.

The next news to hit? The Bears had signed Steelers tight end Matt Spaeth. Then the Bears announced that Brandon Manumaleuna had been released. He had just 43 receiving yards in his one season with the Bears, and Spaeth's blocking ability fits in better with Mike Martz's scheme. 

But the merry-go-round didn't end there, as Olsen was traded. The Chicago Tribune reported that Olsen was traded to the Carolina Panthers for a draft pick and an unnamed player.

Olsen was a reliable option in the red zone, and was one of Jay Cutler's favorite targets. Now, he will be working with Cam Newton in Charlotte. After four years in Chicago, he had 20 touchdowns and 194 receptions.

With the release of Dez Clark earlier this week, the Bears now are completely overhauled at tight end. Mike Martz's offense has never been big on using tight ends, and now the roster reflects that.

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