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Panthers TE Greg Olsen became the 4th Carolina player to restructure this offseason. His money shift leaves the team about $6..6 million over the cap, according to the Charlotte Observer. But the Panthers are still expected to cut CB Chris Gamble and DT Ron Edwards. Those moves would free up $10.4 million against the cap, thus getting Carolina under the spending limit. Fantasy football owners couldn't care much less what Olsen or any other Panther is making. But Carolina is about to get under the cap without dumping RB DeAngelo Williams. His contract still far exceeds his value to the team, but that was true when he signed it. As a fantasy player, you should hope that Williams heads elsewhere. That could enable him and Jonathan Stewart to approach their real scoring potential. In the same backfield, each would remain more likely to fall short again.

Panthers HC Ron Rivera believes TE Greg Olsen is capable of posting numbers alongside the likes of Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski this season.  "It's possible," Rivera said. "This will be his first real opportunity with us to step up and be the starting tight end and be the guy. You watch him catch footballs and you watch him run routes and you see those traits that say you can fit right into that group. We're excited about it."  While Rivera is being optimistic here, we do think Olsen's numbers will climb in 2012.  He finished last year with a 45/540/5 line while sharing snaps and targets with TE Jeremy Shockey.  But Shockey is gone now, which should lead to a healthy uptick in looks for Olsen.  Talent has never been an issue for him.  Olsen is a bargain at his current 13th-round ADP.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen appeared to suffer a concussion during Sunday's game against the Saints.  He finishes his first year in Carolina with 45 catches for 540 yards and 5 scores.

11:57am EST 12/11/11

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (knee) is active for today's game against the Falcons.  The injury isn't an issue, but the ice-cold Olsen isn't a recommended fantasy starter.

After sitting out on Wednesday, Panthers TE Greg Olsen (knee) put in full practices on Thursday and Friday.  He's listed as probable for this weekend's game against the Falcons but is just a TE2 in fantasy.  Olsen has been held under 25 yards in 3 straight games.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (knee) returned to practice on Thursday.  The injury was never believed to be serious, and Olsen is on track to play against the Falcons this weekend.  But ice cold and in a tough matchup, he's just a TE2 in fantasy.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen missed Wednesday's practice with a knee injury.  It's the first we've heard of it, and Olsen appeared to come out of last weekend's game healthy.  It was likely just a rest day for him.  Olsen should be fine for Sunday's game against the Falcons, but he'll be more of a TE2.  He's been held under 25 yards in 3 straight games.

11:50am EDT 10/23/11

As expected, Panthers TE Greg Olsen (turf toe) is active for today's game against the Redskins.  He put in full practices on Thursday and Friday, and the injury shouldn't impact his play today.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen put in another full practice on Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Redskins.  His minor case of turf toe is worth monitoring, but he'll be a full-go this weekend.  Olsen is a rock-solid TE1 option.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (turf toe) put in a full practice on Thursday.  It's confirmation that the injury isn't serious.  We'll continue to keep an eye on him, but Olsen should be good to go for Sunday's game against the Redskins.

The Panthers don't believe TE Greg Olsen's turf toe is serious.  “It’s kind of a turf toe deal and we wanted to let it calm down a little bit,” HC Ron Rivera said.  Rivera also said that he expects Olsen to return to practice today.  It sounds like he'll be fine for Sunday's game against the Redskins.

3:15pm EDT 10/19/11

Panthers TE Greg Olsen missed practice on Wednesday with turf toe.  This is the first we've heard of the injury, but it's definitely a concern.  Severe cases of turf toe can completely derail a player's season.  We'll update Olsen's status when we learn more.  TE Jeremy Shockey could post top-15 numbers if Olsen misses time.

The Panthers will start rookie UDFA Byron Bell today in place of RT Jeff Otah, who suffered a Week 1 concussion. That means Bell will spend a large chunk of his debut dealing with Packers OLB Clay Matthews. The Panthers would be stupid to allow such a 1-on-1 matchup, especially in passing situations. That will likely mean extra blocking duty for the Carolina TEs. That doesn't help the fantasy outlook for Greg Olsen. Matthews, of course, looks like a strong play in sack-friendly IDP leagues.

TE Greg Olsen had a productive Panthers debut on Saturday, finishing with 3 catches for 58 yards and a score. The TD came on an 18-yard strike from QB Jimmy Clausen. Olsen would catch a 30-yarder down the seam from QB Cam Newton later in the game. He was targeted 4 times in a little over 1 quarter of action and is clearly slated to play a big role in Carolina's passing attack. Olsen has top-10 upside.

The Bears have traded TE Greg Olsen to the Panthers in exchange for a player and a pick.  Full details have not been disclosed, but we can confirm that the player going to Chicago is not WR Steve Smith.  Olsen finally escapes from Mike Martz's TE wasteland.  And while heading to an anemic Panthers offense may not seem ideal, we actually like the landing spot.  Panthers OC Rob Chudzinski is Martz's polar opposite -- he loves getting his TEs involved in the passing game.  Plus, rookie QBs like Cam Newton tend to favor their TEs as checkdown options.  Olsen figures to be the #2 target in Carolina's passing game -- behind only Steve Smith.  Jeremy Shockey will steal some targets though, which limits Olsen's upside this season.  Consider him a high-end TE2 for now.  But for his long-term outlook, we love the move.  In Chicago, Olsen is expected to be replaced by TE Kellen Davis.  He has an intriguing skill-set but won't see enough action in Martz's offense.

Update: The Panthers sent a 3rd-round pick to Chicago -- no player.  They also signed Olsen to a new 4-year contract.

The Bears have reportedly placed TE Greg Olsen on the trade block.  Not surprising.  Olsen is under-utilized by OC Mike Martz, but he still has loads of potential and is entering the final year of his contract.  Chicago would be wise to get something in return for him now.  We'll throw out the Dolphins as a team who could be interested in adding a guy like Olsen.

Bears GM Jerry Angelo expects TE Greg Olsen's role to grow in his 2nd season in Mike Martz's offense.  "He'll be more prominent this year, not that he didn't have a role last year. I thought he did a lot of good things, last year. But I think you'll see a lot more things, more consistently, because of the familiarity that our coaches have with him.  And I expect him to make a big jump... No reason to believe he won't."  We hate to burst Angelo's bubble, but it ain't happening.  You know Martz's history with his TEs.  That trend didn't change last year, as Olsen's 41 catches and 404 yards were his lowest outputs since his rookie season.  Until we actually see increased production, Olsen is just a TE2 in fantasy circles.

Bears OC Mike Martz likes what TE Greg Olsen did for the team in 2010.  "Greg’s numbers in the passing game are not what they could and probably should be for his abilities," Martz said.  "But what we’ve done with him is he lines up at the line of scrimmage, and he’s the point of attack. But he’s also lined up at fullback and has been a lead blocker. We line him up at wide receiver. He does so many things for us, and just by being able to do that flexibility, it puts a lot of pressure on the defense, though his numbers wouldn’t indicate that."  Unfortunately for fantasy owners, those numbers Martz speaks of are all we care about.  Olsen's 41 catches and 404 yards this past season were his lowest outputs since his rookie year back in 2007.  Don't expect Olsen to return to TE1 status as long as Martz is around.

Bears TE Greg Olsen led the way with 113 yards and a score in Sunday's Divisional Round win against the Seahawks.  His highest yardage output was just 64 in a mostly disappointing 2010 regular season.  But Olsen was clearly a big part of Chicago's gameplan in their first playoff game.  On just the 3rd play from scrimmage, Olsen jetted by S Lawyer Milloy for a 58-yard TD.  He'd add receptions of 33 and 22 yards later in the 1st half.  He was shut out in the 2nd, but Olsen finished with a team-high 9 targets.  While he was a forgotten man in OC Mike Martz's TE-unfriendly offense this season, Sunday's performance serves as a reminder that Olsen still possesses elite talent.  He's just 25 years old and has a productive career ahead of him.

According to Bears beat writer Brad Biggs, the TEs "have been a prominent part of [OC Mike ]Martz's offense, most notably deep post routes to Greg Olsen." Martz has been raving about Olsen. When asked if he's ever had a TE as athletic as Olsen, Martz replied, "'No, never. So this is a whole new banana for me.'' Martz is nuts if he thinks Olsen is more athletic than Vernon Davis, who Martz coached in San Fran a couple years ago.  We'd still be uneasy about making Olsen our starting TE because of Martz's history of ignoring the position in his passing game. But Olsen does make a nice high-upside TE2. We just bumped him up our rankings.

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