Former Bears Offensive Coordinator Mike Martz Denies 1 Greg Olsen Trade Rumor

Image credit - Getty images

Greg Olson eventually cemented his position as one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history.

He didn't fully make that climb until the Chicago Bears traded him.

Olsson spent his first four seasons with the Bears before being sent to the Carolina Panthers for a third-round pick in 2011.

To the dismay of Bears fans, he recorded 6,463 receiving yards and 39 touchdowns in nine seasons.

During a radio appearance on Chicago's ESPN 1000, former Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz was asked about an allegation that he had asked the team to trade Olsen because he would not play him otherwise.

Martz called the claim a "bold-faced lie".

"It's a huge lie," Martz said. "I didn't know they had done anything to him until after the fact. He didn't tell me anything."

He then jumped aside about the team failing to sign Mark Bulger as Jay Cutler's backup.

The Bears were 7-3 when Cutler broke his throwing arm, but they lost their next five games without him.

When pressed about not using Olsen much as a receiver,

Martz said he needed to block him because his offensive linemen "just weren't good enough."

In his lone season playing for Martz, Olsen caught 41 of 70 goals for 404 yards -

His lowest tally - and five touchdowns - from 2008 to 2016. Yet he demonstrated his playmaking abilities, scoring a 58-yard touchdown in their playoff win over the Seattle Seahawks.

Regardless of what Martz says, the Olsen trade will continue to be a serious topic for Bear fans.