Bears TE Olsen Wants to Stay in Chicago, Entering the Final Year of His Deal

Greg Olsen caught the first touchdown in the Bears divisional playoff win over the Seahawks, but his future with the Bears remains cloudy as he is set to enter the final year of his rookie deal, and he wants to stay with the Bears.

Bears tight end Greg Olsen is entering the final year of his rookie deal, which is set to pay him a base salary of $900,000 — about $500,000 less than blocking tight end Brandon Manumaleuna. That doesn’t include a $1 million roster bonus Manumaleuna is scheduled to receive as part of a five-year, $15??million contract he signed last offseason that included $6.1??million in guarantees.

‘‘My No. 1 priority is that I stay for here for a long time,’’ Olsen said. ‘‘Hopefully, both sides feel that same way. But I know I do. I want to stay in Chicago.’’ Olsen was then asked if his contract status was on his mind at all. ‘‘To say it [isn’t] would be a lie,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s not what it’s all about, but it’s definitely a factor. But I’m confident that if I continue to play well and help our team win, then everything will take care of it itself.’’ Olsen insisted he wouldn’t issue any ultimatums to Bears management. ‘‘I’m not going to storm in and say this and that and the other thing,’’ he said. ‘‘I’m going to continue to work hard, try to be consistent and make the plays they ask me to and build on what I’ve done the last couple of years, and things will take care of themselves.’’

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