Bears sign Trey Burton


He was also a key special-teams contributor for the Eagles, finishing third with nine special-teams tackles last season and also came up with a fumble recovery.

The Bears will also sign kicker Cody Parkey, who connected on 21 of 23 FG attempts (91.3 percent) past year for the Miami Dolphins, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. His production dipped slightly in 2016, with 73 catches for 883 yards and 6 touchdowns.

On the eve of the official opening of free agency, the Bears reportedly reached an agreement on a four-year, $32 million deal with former Eagles tight end Trey Burton.

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Stuck behind Pro Bowler Zach Ertz on the Eagles, Burton had 23 catches for 248 yards in 2017, but scored 5 touchdowns in those limited opportunities. He's 26 years old, so the Bears are getting a young player just entering his prime. The Bears also spent a second-round draft choice on tight end Adam Shaheen.

The undersized (6-foot-3, 235-pound) Burton projects as a "move" tight end for the Bears, where he will be much more of pass catcher than a blocker. He made five grabs for 71 yards and two touchdowns with Ertz sidelined due to a concussion, flashing his playmaking upside when thrust into a bigger role.

The man who will be catching passes from Mitchell Trubisky threw the touchdown pass to Nick Foles in this year's Super Bowl, you'll recall, and he'll take that highlight to his grave.