Former Eagles’ TE Trey Burton intends to sign a 4-year, $32 million deal with the Bears, as @MikeGarafolo reported.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018
Despite the blizzard going on in the northeast, the NFL is on fire today with free agent news and signings. One of the latest is former Eagles tight end and *TRIGGER WARNING* “Philly Special” QB Trey Burton.
Burton backed up All-Pro tight end Zach Ertz while in Philadelphia which put a serious cap on how much he could produce. However, when Ertz was sidelined for two games, Burton filled right in and showed he productive he can be in a starting role. Against the Broncos Burton went for 2-41-1, and then later against the Rams without Ertz, Burton put up 5-71-2 in a huge game. There’s no denying the talent Burton has, and we love to see him get a chance to start in Chicago’s offense.
Adam Shaheen: no longer a penny stock
If you may recall, we previously interviewed Oregon football guru Charles Fischer of fishduck.com for his take on the recent signing of Mark Helfrich (former Oregon Ducks head coach) as the Bears offensive coordinator. Fischer told us he loved running backs who can get out in open space and make people miss (Tarik Cohen) along with the tight end position. We previously labeled Bears former second round pick Adam Shaheen as a deep penny stock to consider, but he can be taken off draft boards with Burton’s arrival.
Will Mitch Trubisky have a Jared Goff-esque rise?
The revamped Bears offense should give second year signal caller Mitchell Trubisky all the tools he needs to make the Chicago offense relevant again. Tight end Zach Miller acted as the security blanket to Trubisky and was having a decent year before almost losing his left leg in a freak injury. Burton will slide into that role and will be surrounded by more incoming talent (WR Allen Robinson) which should significantly improve the team’s production.
Matt Nagy and Mark Helfrich stretch the seams
We also previously detailed the new addition of Matt Nagy as the team’s head coach. Nagy came from Kansas City which peaks our interest in the sense of the production he got from Travis Kelce. Granted, Burton isn’t the same talent as Kelce, but we know how involved he was in Kansas City’s offense and how much of a role he played for them. Nagy would be likely to use his new tight end in a handful of sets in what should be a promising upgrade.
Burton was not listed on the Wolf’s latest Big Board due to the fact that he’s stuck behind Ertz. But Adam Shaheen was listed as the TE14 on the board, so Burton is due to take that position and possibly move up a little more as a more talented player.
Free Agency is firing along at a record pace. Be sure to follow us on Twitter or Instagram for news as it breaks, and don’t miss our debut episode of the Roto Street Rundown: Free Agency Edition. Other Free Agency Fallouts:
- Sammy Watkins raising ceilings around him, but not his own, with the Chiefs
- Kirk Cousins lands in Fantasy Paradise with the Vikings; best for all is yet to come
- Case Keenum to Broncos, making you marginally more excited about their marginal offense
- Allen Robinson to have every opportunity at WR1 value with the Bears
- Andrew Norwell ensures Leonard Fournette will continue to steamroll