So could they still come to New England? Check out what their respective coaches said this week.
Bears coach Lovie Smith on Olsen: “He can be successful in this offense — not can. Will. He will be successful in this offense. He’s a competitor. He’s going to find a way. His role has increased as far as us going to him every year. I don’t see that changing. … H-back is probably what Greg has been best suited for up to this point. Right now, that’s been more Greg’s role. We haven’t talked a lot about him being an in-line tight end. That’s the next step we have to take with Greg.”
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on Branch: “I’ve seen him now on the field, throwing the ball around with a few players the couple days I was out (in Seattle). He’s gifted. He’s a natural player. He’s got terrific quickness. He’s got all the instincts. Terrific hands. With a good personality. … The way he finished last year, the last 4 games of the year, he really looked good. He looked like a really good football player. It took him a little bit to get comfortable last year coming back from the stuff he dealt with. Once he got going, he looked like a very good player. Hopefully, we can utilize his talents and make sure he’s going to be a big factor for us.”
Take all that with a grain of salt. Last year, at the owner’s meetings, the Jets swore — swore — they were excited going forward with Kellen Clemens and Brett Ratliff at QB. A month later, they were putting together a blockbuster trade to deal up and get Mark Sanchez.
So if you’re hoping for either of these guys, feel free to keep hope alive.