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Report: Patriots, Bears were close to a deal that would have sent Greg Olsen to New England

02.08.11 at 3:11 pm ET

The Patriots and Bears were reportedly close to a deal going into draft weekend last year that would have sent tight end Greg Olsen from Chicago to New England  for a second-round pick, according to a story in Tuesday’s Chicago Tribune. Instead, the Patriots decided to draft Rob Gronkowski out of Arizona in the second round and Florida’s Aaron Hernandez in the fourth round.

The decision not to make the trade and draft the two rookies turned out to be a great one for New England ‘€” while Olsen was an important part of the Bears offense in 2010, catching 41 passes for 401 yards and five touchdowns, the rookie duo of Hernandez and Gronkowski combined for 87 catches for 1,109 yards and 16 touchdowns.

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