Chicago Bears: 5 worst free agent signings by Ryan Pace

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Chicago Bears, Trey Burton
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Trey Burton

At first glance, Burton looked to be a great signing by Ryan Pace. Over his first six games with the Chicago Bears, Burton gained 325 yards and scored four touchdowns. Things went downhill drastically from there though.

Over the rest of 2018 and the eight games he played in 2019, Burton only scored two more touchdowns. He missed the playoff loss to the Eagles in 2018 with an injury that seemed to come out of nowhere. Anxiety has been talked about when it comes to Burton as well. In 2019, Burton dealt with a groin injury that eventually put him on injured reserve.

Predicting injuries is not possible, but we cannot talk about the worst free-agent signings by Pace and just ignore Burton and his contract. Pace overpaid for a backup tight end and it looks as though Burton is to be a backup for the rest of his career. The team cannot ignore the position in 2020 and needs to find a new tight end in free agency and the draft.

Bleacher Report recently declared Burton the most overpaid player on the Bears current roster. Too difficult to argue against that claim. We broke down how much Burton has made per catch and yard here. Burton is not the worst free-agent signing though. There are four worse.