The Indianapolis Colts have signed former Bears and Eagles tight end Trey Burton.
The Indianapolis Colts are apparently still making moves just hours before the 2020 NFL Draft. Today, they have reportedly signed tight end Trey Burton to a deal. The news first broke from his management, EnterSports.
Burton has been in the NFL for six seasons, four with the Philadelphia Eagles and two with the Chicago Bears. He is most remembered for throwing the touchdown pass on the “Philly Special” play run by the Eagles in Super Bowl 52. That offseason, Burton signed a four year, $32 million deal with the Bears in hopes to gain a feature role.
He caught 54 passes for 569 yards and six touchdowns in 2018 as the Bears rolled to a 12-4 record, but Burton played in only eight games in 2019, and was released five days ago with a failed physical designation.
The Colts were certainly in the market for a tight end, having parted ways with Eric Ebron before the 2020 free agency period. Many thought that general manager Chris Ballard would target a tight end in the draft, but in a weak class, Burton just might be the better option.
The signing makes a ton of sense, as Burton and current Colts head coach Frank Reich spent time together in Philadelphia. Burton didn’t get much of a chance sitting behind Zach Ertz with the Eagles, but he will get opportunities in Indy. Reich has stressed the importance of having two tight ends to rely on, and Burton should be a very good pairing with Jack Doyle.
Burton will be a valuable receiving tight end, and should make an impact with new quarterback Philip Rivers at the helm, who enjoys having a security blanket over the middle of the field, as he had both Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry is his time in San Diego and Los Angeles.
The Indianapolis Colts continue to show that they are all in this season with their signings, and believe they are legitimate contenders in the AFC.