Trey Burton was best tight-window target of all TEs in 2017

Ross Houston
March 13, 2018

On the eve of the official opening of free agency, the Bears reportedly reached an agreement on a four-year, $32 million deal with former Eagles tight end Trey Burton.

Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network first reported the signing, which is expected to get finalized after free agency officially opens Wednesday.

Just a few hours after landing wide receiver Allen Robinson, the Bears decided they needed to upgrade the tight end position, which was odd considering they spent a second-round pick on Adam Shaheen just a year ago. Ian Rapoport of provided the deal's financial details.

In his four seasons with the Eagles, Burton - who also played quarterback at Florida - has caught 63 passes for 629 yards and six touchdowns and also has scored on special teams. His production dipped slightly in 2016, with 73 catches for 883 yards and 6 touchdowns.

But the Bears want Burton for his receiving ability, not his passing ability. 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. In addition to Burton, the Bears added Allen Robinson to their talent-bare pass-catching corps on Tuesday.

The dual tight end thing is interesting: Shaheen was a pretty high draft pick for Chicago previous year and considered a "Baby Gronk" type.

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