The Chicago Bears released tight end Trey Burton.
The news that the Chicago Bears released Trey Burton may have been a surprise to some. At the very least, the timing was a bit less expected than the actual news may have been.
When looking at the move, what does it mean? What are the following reactions to the move, and how does it affect the Chicago Bears moving forward?
The release was injury-related.
People can talk about how disappointing Burton was. Other teams can talk about adding him, but the reality is, everyone needs to see just how healthy he is.
The fact of the matter is that after the 2018 regular season, fans were looking at the Trey Burton signing as a home run. He had 569 yards and six touchdowns. Burton was a straw that stirred the offensive drink with the ability to motion and be used in a variety of ways.
However, with no depth behind him, he was overused. By the end of the season, he was worn down and missed the Eagles playoff game. Burton got offseason hernia surgery that bled into training camp.
Burton even missed the first week of the season from an injury that had him set back from January through September.
After eight months of struggling and facing setbacks, he came back as a shell of himself. He played in nine games, but the last two was hardly even involved. He was shut down in November. In December, he had hip surgery.
Overall, he has been healthy enough to play football for four of the past 18 months. The Bears have been pretty good at calling it when they see it with injuries, and they clearly do not like the progression he has shown this offseason.
They do not think Burton can contribute to any team in the NFL, as he just will not be healthy enough. That is a shame.