Just hours after the Chicago Bears agreed to a deal with free agent wide receiver Allen Robinson, the team further added to its offensive weaponry on Wednesday. Chicago and tight end Trey Burton reached agreement on a four-year, $32 million deal. Terms of the deal were first reported by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Burton, a former undrafted free agent, turns years of being a complementary tight end in the Philadelphia Eagles' offense into a major pay day and a great opportunity to contribute on a rising offense. While the Bears have struggled in recent years, recent moves by the team made in the last year put them well on track for a meteoric rise in the coming season.
The team is set at quarterback with Mitchell Trubisky, who flashed plenty of potential as a rookie last season but often had very little options to throw to given Chicago's depleted group of weapons. Now with a new head coach in Matt Nagy and the additions of Burton and Robinson, that will no longer be a problem.
For Burton, the landing spot is just about perfect. The $8M AAV makes him one of the highest-paid players at his position and he found himself a team who will utilize him effectively and make him a serious fantasy contributor. We saw during Nagy's time calling plays with the Kansas City Chiefs that he loves to involve tight ends in the passing attack and get them out in the middle of the field to even better use their athleticism and make big plays.
While the 26-year-old's career statistics aren't overly impressive with just 63 receptions and 629 receiving yards in 61 games, he put his talents on display this past season in a three-game stretch when he recorded 11 receptions for 154 yards and three touchdowns.
Now with the opportunity to finally be the top pass-catching tight end on a team, Burton should jump into the fantasy picture as a value selection. He'll look to build chemistry with Trubisky quickly and if they do, with the attention Robinson will draw from the defense and Trubisky's ability to extend plays and buy time with his legs, Burton can emerge as a top-10 fantasy tight end this season.