Shortly after Matt Nagy was named John Fox’s successor in January, the new Bears head coach joined general manager Ryan Pace for a thorough discussion about the importance of the team’s tight ends.
In Kansas City, Nagy watched Travis Kelce emerge as one of the league’s most dangerous pass-catching tight ends. A three-time Pro Bowl selection, nfl jerseys cheap nike Kelce tallied 307 receptions for 3,900 yards and 22 touchdowns over the past four regular seasons.
In Chicago last year, the Bears struggled to find any real consistency at tight end after popular veteran Zach Miller suffered a horrific knee dislocation in Week 8. Despite missing half the season, Miller still led all Chicago tight ends with 20 catches for 236 yards.
“One of the first conversations Matt and I had once everything calmed down and we were talking football was the value of this position, the value of the U tight end position in this offense,” Pace told reporters at Halas Hall last week. “And he painted that picture very clear, which is great for a scout to hear because it makes it easier to go find that person. And so Trey Burton, he just fits a lot of the qualities we’re looking for in this offense. Obviously as a receiver his ability to separate, he’s got good hands, he’s an intelligent player, and we feel like there’s a lot of upside ahead of him, and we feel like this offense can maximize that upside.”
Burton — the third tight end in Philadelphia — quickly became one of the Bears’ top priorities in free agency. After securing a commitment from wide receiver nfl nike jerseys cheap Allen Robinson (three years, $25.2 million in guaranteed money), Chicago reached an agreement with Burton for four years and $22 million in total guarantees.
Burton’s new deal represents a significant step up for a player who caught 23 passes for 248 yards and five touchdowns for the Super Bowl champion Eagles in 2017.