The Chicago Bears have released Trey Burton.
The Chicago Bears have released “Philly Special” passer, tight end, Trey Burton. Trey Burton previously played for four years for the Philadelphia Eagles catching 63 passes for 629 yards and six touchdowns. He parlayed that into a four year 32 million dollar deal with the Chicago Bears.
Burton helped propel the Chicago Bears to an NFC North division champion title in 2018 by catching 54 passes for 569 yards and six touchdowns. Trey Burton was one of the significant signings during the start of the 2018 season.
Matt Nagy’s spread coast hybrid offense cries for a dynamic U tight end that can be a mismatch in the passing game. Nagy and Ryan Pace made a big push for the Flordia products because of his skill set and familiarity in the offense.
Trey Burton was known for having durability coming from the Eagles despite his limited playing time as he was in a reserve role most of the time. Before the Chicago Bears faced off against the Philadelphia Eagles in their wild-card matchup, Burton woke up with tightness in his groin area and was unable to play. He underwent surgery groin surgery to fix the problem and was optimistic about playing in the 2019 NFL season.
Burton was able to play in eight games during the 2019 season, seeing action starting in week two against the Denver Broncos. Trey Burton did not look wholly healthy and tried to battle through his recovery before being shut down after week 10 against the Detriot Lions.
The initial injury report was an ankle injury, but later Burton opted to get hip surgery to become ready for the 2020 season. The Chicago Bears brought in multiple tight ends to compete in the tight ends room. Jimmy Graham, Demetrius Harris, and Darion Clark were added to the tight end room.
The Chicago Bears cutting Trey Burton now lowers the total amount of tight ends on the roster from 10 to nine. According to Sportac.com, Trey Burton’s cap hit to the Chicago Bears is $8.55 Million. The amount of dead cap he creates this year is $7.55 million. However, reports are this will be a post June 1 designation and the team will save around $3 million in cap space for 2020.