Ex-Philadelphia Eagle will sign four-year, $32-million deal. His production dipped slightly in 2016, with 73 catches for 883 yards and 6 touchdowns. He's 26 years old, so the Bears are getting a young player just entering his prime. He made five grabs for 71 yards and two touchdowns with Ertz sidelined due to a concussion, flashing his playmaking upside when thrust into a bigger role. Burton's $8 million average salary is fifth-highest in the National Football League among tight ends.
We talked already about how Allen Robinson's presence in the lineup gives the Bears that true number one type of receiver, and adding Burton is going to help draw attention off of Robinson.
He became famous when he messed around a threw a touchdown pass to quarterback Nick Foles in the Super Bowl on the "Philly Special" trick play the Eagles ran on fourth-and-goal on the way to the title. Burton joined the Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2014, carved out a role on special teams and then blossomed as a unsafe offensive playmaker the past two seasons under coach Doug Pederson. Now, the question will be whether he can turn his flashes of potential with the Eagles into something more substantial on a weekly basis. One of these moves concerned veteran tight end Trey Burton possibly leaving via free agency this offseason.